President Biden’s plan to build back better advances in Congress

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

43 responses to “President Biden’s plan to build back better advances in Congress

  1. I strongly agree with what others have already written. It’s not just younger people that are filled with despair. I grow more depressed every time I see another news article regarding what’s happening in our world due to climate change. We humans are not the only ones on the planet, but we are the ones that have caused all the issues. It will never end and we are heading for catastrophe unless the ties are broken, not just with the fossil fuel industry, but with big ag, as well. People……we need to change our ways and be willing to make sacrifices. Of course, going green also takes money, along with time, and effort.

  2. One of Biden’s campaign promises was to end subsidies for the fossil fuel industry. This budget reconciliation package contains billions for the fossil fuel industry, thanks to the congressional puppets the industry has bought. Biden should send Congress a message that he won’t sign the bill, or will veto it, with those subsidies. If those subsidies go through, the U.S. delegation to the Glasgow, Scotland climate summit will be viewed as liars.

  3. Kiss the climate and voting rights good-bye, moderate democratic senators Manchin and Sinema, history by now has shown us and they both obviously work for the polluters and Manchin has for years, gotten rich and lined his pockets at ours and the environments expense and is way too cozy with coal and natural gas industry and he will be the one deciding how the climate and energy aspects of Biden’s Build Back Better and the unlikely 3.5 trillion. which both say is way too much money and are worried about the debt??? really, what a crock and pack of lies, both are republicans dressed as democrats.
    Both are blocking the voting rights and climate bills and both want to reward the oil, natural gas and utility companies while the planet burns and floods and do not care about the current and next generation if climate will be at all still habitable, they wont be around to bear the burden or suffer the consequences, TROJAN horses in disguise and do not work for the people or greater good, the best government money can buy, screw the people, screw the planet and any chance of democracy

  4. I hope everyone is prepared for higher taxes and prices throughout the country with the bloated liberal agenda and you’ll get nothing for it.

    1. You haven’t been paying attention. The money will come from forcing millionaires, billionaires, and corporations to pay their fair share in taxes, as well as ending subsidies for oil companies that make billions every year and leave the environment in shambles. These proposals are an investment for our future, not a bloated liberal agenda. I’m sure you’ve heard the term it takes money to make money. This is how we get America on track for the people and the environment.

  5. Please take action for all our children so that they will have a successful future and we will have a strong country!! It is time to invest in the future for all of us!!

  6. Our nation is in need of a renaissance of culture, of how society, and it’s citizens live lives. Our way of life has destroyed clean water, air, made earth non sustainable because we have destroyed the diversity of life here rather than learned to live in harmony with it. To build back better we must, for our own survival, build a different mindset, for this we need to reset our model of living to one of sustainability, education, building sustainably, running our country on energy that doesn’t do harm to the environment and is not dependent on fossil fuels or limited resources that deplete the planet, rather than replenish it. We need to care for our people, we need to provide them a way to thrive in a sustainable way, where health prevails over disease, where progress leaves no devastation, and depletion, where living doesn’t leave an endless pile of trash in our oceans and landfills that pollute our waters, soils and air. Humans are the only source of garbage, we must invest in ways that leave compostable, recyclable and reusable leavings, rather than trash. We need to replenish our diversity of life…honor and respect it, and live with it, rather than deplete and destroy for our need for convenience, that we encourage creativity and beauty, health and sustainability in ways that do no harm and where profit is not the motivator, but living happy and well for all of our nation, human and nature both is the goal and the marker of success.

    1. In order to accomplish these goals, there needs to be a radical change in teacher education at the college and university level. There is an alarming lack of professionalism among many teachers that only further causes less respect for the profession.
      Upper education standards have been lowered and teachers graduate with no knowledge of HOW to manage a classroom, motivate students, handle all the bureaucratic paperwork, in addition to classroom papers. Higher education professors tend to pontificate and theorize with no actual experience in a typical elementary or secondary classroom. There ends up being a huge gap between what’s taught in college and what’s going on in the classroom, and simply throwing money at teachers isn’t going to change anything. It might buy a car but it won’t affect what’s going on in the classroom.

  7. Military budget extreme!
    People budget should be just as important. Medicare.. healthcare.. infrastructure.. jobs. Fair pay!! Com’on!!

  8. Research is showing that our children, teens, and young adults are increasingly overwhelmed by despair. We need to show them we are taking action on their behalf for a good future.

  9. (Personalized Story)
    Going through college and professional training, the society at the time, wanted to pass the wisdom of our society unto the shoulder of the young. I attended state schools and at the end had debt that required ~ 1 year of work to pay off. I was not required to become enrolled into indentured servitude as our current graduates of higher education are. This indentured servitude limits their job, home ownership and geographical movement required of a vibrant society.

    The 13 Colonies were founded upon indentured servitude (40-60 %) of new immigrants. When this system was abandoned, the wealth of the nation grew markedly.

    Those graduating without debt tend to off spring of the already established wealthy. By making education tied to heredity weakens the society much as hereditary monarchy did. This also limits our most untapped source of human capital, the poor. Income (as well as educational) mobility is the lowest in the USofA when compared to any other developed country. It is our largest supply of untapped natural resources in this country.

    We are already behind China and Western Europeans decarbonizing our energy sources. 5-10 years behind on Electronic Vehicle and solar panels on housing. The medium income is stagnant to dropping while our wealthiest take trips into outer space – paid for by consumers, employees, and tax dollars while contributing no income taxes.

    Our new indentured servitude is dragging down the wealth of our nation, though enriching a few. Adam Smith warned against allowing those who make a living by profit from making mercantile law – he pointed out it would reduce the wealth of the nation.

  10. We were once leaders in education. Innovation and industry. We should be building our education system back to its high standards, helping those who want a genuine college/university education without worrying how to pay for it and having the industry jobs to enter after graduation.
    Why don’t we have congress men and women working for the people…their constituents, instead of lobbies wanting and paying for favors?

  11. Children are our future and need the best education in order to compete here at home and internationally. So building educated Children should be part of Building Back Better to assure we continue to grow as a Nation . Thank you 😎 🇺🇸 ✌

  12. I support the plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure, fast track green energy and GHG reduction, build better and safer schools, promote training and professional development, and promote racial, social, and economic justice.

  13. President Joe Biden is the first, in more years than I can remember, to have real policies that would benefit our country’s infrastructure and middle class working families. We are desperate for this help and hope our elected officials have the courage to support the legislation. Corporations have run America for far too long.

  14. We need to help all the citizens of the US, not just ones that profit in the backs of the workers. The workers keep a company in business, but the executives are the ones who get the benefits. It’s about time that all workers receive a share of those monetary benefits, that includes profits from the country. What COVID has helped workers realize is their WORTH, & without workers the businesses are nothing. Workers should not be struggling to feed, house, clothe, etc. the family & not receive a bigger piece of the pie. DEMAND we all receive what they are worth, PERIOD!!!!!!

    1. I am sick of this decades-long charade in a dysfunctional congress simply due to the corporatism that now corrupts our nation and economies worldwide. Really? You cannot fool us any longer. Turn your backs on your corporate masters and turn toward the voters who put trust in you.

      Now that Biden has been courageous enough to admit that we lost in the horrific and stupid war in Afghanistan, can we not defund the Pentagon and delimilitarize the police? Also, Medicare For All is the only way to go and the middle men parasites need to publicly admit defeat and go to jail or at least stop preying upon our common wealth. Big Pharma needs to end their price-gouging. Simply doing this short list would free up all the funds needed for a 7 Trillion dollar Reconciliation Act that should span five years not ten. The planet is burning while Nero fiddles.


      August 6, 2019
      Dear Americans,

      Ring around the polls
      Republicans on their toes
      Much to disclose
      Really foes
      Time to expose…..
      (published Dec. 1992)

      I thank the Democrats for all they have done, over the 76 years of my life.
      We need to speak to the people about Republican hindrance and how they have
      effected our countries progress and hurt most of our citizens. Starting with,
      President Obama, we need to inform our citizens; how the Republicans refused to pass Democratic legislation, spell out HOW it affected the country and “we citizens.” Every time a congressman or congresswomen speak, have at least 1 example. Unstable 45 should be exposed.. The robber barons have been the Democratic down fall. They are the real enemies!
      Our Governments self-serving bureaucracy
      Corporate greed/lack of responsibility
      Peoples’ prejudice/loss of integrity
      Organized religion, the medical community
      Scores more, ripping-off humanity
      America! The land of the free!?
      We need to get coverage on local News channels. Even the fox brainwashed,
      watch the local News.
      Save our Country from crimes against all Americans and the Constitution.
      Continue to fight.
      Especially the police racist policies. Name the Democratic bills that are being pigeonholed!

    3. Republicans want to go back to the past, well in the past schools and education were allocated much more in federal tax dollars and the wealthy were taxed at a much higher rate. These added tax dollars helped fund education and other federal programs. Tax the wealthy on their income and wealth from stocks/bonds, etc. and use the tax dollars to better fund schools, feed students, REALLY improve school buildings, fully staff them and fully stock them with books and supplies.

      1. I am tired of the wealthy politicians saying that they will tax the wealthy. They always pack their pockets first.

    4. Safety is number one issue of concern as our public schools are not getting the needed repairs year after year. Please I urge you to move quickly on this very important issue!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *