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EdAction in Congress August 8, 2021

Senate is expected to take up $3.5 trillion package this week

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. TAKE ACTION

Revised voting rights bill in the works

In response to the failure of the For the People Act (S. 1) to muster the 60-vote supermajority necessary to advance in the Senate, Democrats are revising the bill in hopes of attracting more support (all 50 Republican senators voted against it earlier this summer). The legislation remains among the Biden administration’s top priorities. According to the Brennan Center, as of mid-May nearly 400 bills with restrictive provisions had been introduced in 48 states. NEA continues to work with our labor and civil rights partners to make sure a voting rights bill comes up again. In the meantime, the Senate must continue to hear from us about the importance of this legislation and the need to ensure nationwide access to the right to vote, the bedrock of our democracy. TAKE ACTION

The challenges of unsafe drinking water in schools

Educators share the effects of unsafe drinking water on students. In the 25 states that tested their water, 44 percent of schools tested positive for lead. READ MORE

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