Immediately after passing a $1 trillion infrastructure bill supported by all 50 Democrats and 19 Republicans, the Senate passed a $3.5 trillion budget framework in a 50-49 party-line vote. Precisely how the money will be spent still needs to be determined—a process that could take months. Vowing to treat the two measures as a package, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says she won’t take up the infrastructure bill until spending decisions are made and the Senate passes a separate $3.5 trillion bill with all the details. That bill could include education, health care, child care, climate change, immigration reform, and other components of President Biden’s plan to Build Back Better.
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.