Last week, the Senate took up the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684), a $1 trillion bipartisan public works bill that includes an extension of the Secure Rural Schools program, lead pipe removal, and electrified school buses. This week, following passage of the bipartisan bill, we expect the Senate to take up a $3.5 trillion budget resolution that could pass with a simple majority of 50 Democratic votes plus Vice President Harris—the start of a months-long process. 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, recruiting and retaining a diverse educator workforce, 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.