In a major victory for the Biden administration, the Senate voted 67-32 to take up a bipartisan bill providing $1 trillion for roads, bridges, rail, transit, water and other physical infrastructure programs. The biggest federal public works bill in more than a decade, it includes an extension of the Secure Rural Schools program, lead pipe removal, and electrified school buses—all priorities for our members and students.
But the vote to advance the public works bill is just the start of what promises to be a months-long slog. The actual legislation still needs to be written and voted upon in both the Senate and the House.
Next up is a comprehensive budget resolution providing $3.5 trillion for human infrastructure programs, including education and health care, that can pass the Senate with a simple majority of 50 Democratic votes plus Vice President Harris. As it takes shape, we need to keep repeating this message: The legislation can—and should—include NEA priorities such as modernizing school facilities, making education more affordable, providing free school meals for all students, enhancing worker and family protections, and fair taxation that invests in America.
Email your senators and representative and urge them to enact and expand President Biden’s plan to build back better.