President Biden’s plan to build back better continues to gather momentum as House committees finalize key portions of the legislation and provisions to cover the cost. Democrats plan to advance the legislation via the budget reconciliation process, which requires a simple majority instead of the 60-vote supermajority usually needed in the Senate.
The bill taking shape includes NEA’s top legislative priorities: modernizing public school facilities, expanding access to free school meals, investing in educator recruitment and retention to help diversify the profession, and providing pathways to citizenship for Dreamers and other undocumented immigrants. The bill would also lower the cost of higher education with two years of free community college, increase and expand access to financial aid, beef up programs that help prepare students and workers for good jobs, and help close the digital divide and prevent a resurgence of the homework gap with additional funding for the Federal Communication Commission’s emergency connectivity fund. TAKE ACTION
To ensure sufficient revenue to make long-overdue investments in our communities and ensure the wealthiest among us pay their fair, NEA is urging Congress to take specific steps as part of the budget reconciliation package. They include raising corporate tax rates, the top individual tax rate, and cracking down on tax evasion. TAKE ACTION