About NEA’s Report Card

NEA’s Report Card measures members of Congress’ overall support for public education and educators. Each member receives a letter grade of A, B, C, D or F based on their records on selected votes (see below) and these criteria:

  • Cosponsoring bills critical to advancing NEA’s identified legislative priorities
  • Behind-the-scenes work to advance or impede NEA priority issues
  • Committee votes in support of or against NEA priorities
  • Accessibility of the member and staff in Washington DC to NEA staff and leaders
  • Accessibility and education advocacy in the member’s home state or district

Votes and other actions involving union rights are also emphasized. We believe it is important to hold lawmakers accountable at a time when both public and private sector unions and the right to bargain collectively are under severe attack.

Votes cast in the full U.S. House and Senate are the main criteria for Report Card grades. Members of Congress are notified in writing any time a pending vote may be scored.

Report Card for the 115th Congress (2017-18)

Selected votes

U.S. House of Representatives

  • Repealing the Affordable Care Act:NEA opposed passage of the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628) designed to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that the bill would provide billions in tax cuts for the wealthy while taking away health insurance coverage for 24 million people. The legislation passed by a vote of 217-213 on May 4, 2017. (House Vote #1-256)
  • Repealing Davis-Bacon wage standards:NEA opposed an amendment to the FY2018 “minibus” appropriations bill (H.R. 3219) offered by Rep. King (R-IA) that would repeal or weaken Davis-Bacon Act wage protections on projects funded by the federal government. Davis-Bacon offers vital protections to workers’ rights, and ensure workers are paid a fair, living wage. The amendment failed by a vote of 178-249 on July 26, 2017. (House Roll Call Vote #419)
  • Restoring funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs:NEA supported an amendment to a FY2018 appropriations bill (H.R. 3354) by Rep. Lowey (D-NY) to restore/increase funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers after-school programs. The amendment passed by a vote of 228-188 on September 13, 2017. (House Vote #1-506)
  • FY2018 omnibus appropriations bill:NEA opposed the FY2018 omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 3354) that called for drastic cuts to public education funding — specifically, eliminating Title II funding for professional development and class-size reduction, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The legislation passed by a vote of 211-198 on September 14, 2017. (House Vote #1-528)
  • Conservatives’ budget proposal for fiscal 2018: NEA opposed a draconian FY2018 budget proposal by the Republican Study Committee that would balance the budget on the backs of those least able to afford it. The bill would cut spending by $5.7 trillion over 10 years, repeal the Affordable Care Act, raise the Medicare eligibility age, and turn Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program into block grants. The legislation failed by a vote of 139-291 on October 5, 2017. (House Vote #1-555)
  • Republican leadership’s proposed FY2018 budget:NEA opposed passage of the House Budget Resolution (H. Con. Res. 71), which calls for deep cuts to programs like education and healthcare to pave the way for massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. The legislation passed by a vote of 219-206 on October 5, 2017. (House Vote #1-557)
  • Tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy:NEA opposed final passage of GOP leadership’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), which would undermine public education funding, create voucher-like schemes for the wealthy, and add $1.5 trillion to the deficit. The legislation passed by a vote of 224-201 on December 20, 2017. (House Vote #1-699)
  • Balanced budget amendment: NEAopposed passage of House Joint Resolution 2 by Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA), a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This legislation was proposed under the guise of addressing the mounting deficit largely affected by the 2017 tax cuts, according to CBO. NEA opposed this bill because it is another example of those most in need being asked to finance a massive tax giveaway for the wealthy and corporations. The legislation, which required a 2/3 majority to pass, failed by a vote of 233-184 on April 12, 2018. (House Vote #2-138)
  • Harmful immigration policies:NEA opposed H.R. 4760, the Securing America’s Future Act, a draconian immigration bill introduced by Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA). Instead of a real pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and protecting family unity, this bill offered temporary legal status and would have gutted family based migration, among other harmful provisions. The bill failed by a vote of 193-231 on June 21, 2018. (House Vote #2-282)
  • Protecting SNAP and child nutrition:NEA opposed reconsideration of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), introduced by Rep. Conaway (R-TX). Commonly known as the Farm Bill, H.R. 2 changes eligibility requirements that could reduce the number of students certified to receive free school meals. The bill passed by a vote of 213-211 on June 21, 2018. (House Vote #2-284)
  • Farm Bill conference report:NEA supported passage of the Farm Bill conference report (S. 3042) because it protects access to and funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The bill passed by a vote of 369-47 on December 12, 2018. (House Vote #2-434)

U.S. Senate

  • Opposing Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education:NEA opposed the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education due to her lack of qualifications and her history of working to privatize public education. After Vice President Pence broke a 50-50 tied vote, the confirmation passed on February 7, 2017. (Senate Vote #1-54)
  • Opposing Jeff Sessions for Attorney General:NEA opposed the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General due to his history of undermining public education, IDEA, and a wide range of civil rights protections. The confirmation passed by a vote of 52-47 on February 8, 2017. (Senate Vote #1-59)
  • Requiring 60 votes to confirm Supreme Court justices:NEA supported a motion to overturn a parliamentary maneuver by the Senate President to change the number of votes required to confirm U.S. Supreme Court justices from 60 to 50. The motion failed by a vote of 48-52 on April 6, 2017. (Senate Vote #1-109)
  • Opposing Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court justice:NEA opposed the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch as a U.S. Supreme Court justice due to his history of ruling against students with disabilities and his narrow reading of their educational rights. Additionally, Judge Gorsuch routinely sided with businesses at the expense of working people. The confirmation passed by a vote of 54-45 on April 7, 2017. (Senate Vote #1-111)
  • Delayed repeal of the Affordable Care Act:NEA opposed an amendment by Senator Paul (R-KY) to the American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628), which would have repealed the Affordable Care Act in two years with no plan for replacement. CBO estimated that 32 million Americans would lose health insurance over 10 years if the measure passed. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 45-55 on July 26, 2017. (Senate Vote #1-169)
  • “Skinny” repeal of the Affordable Care Act:NEA opposed an amendment by Senator McConnell (R-KY) to the American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628), referred to as “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. CBO estimated that 16 million Americans would lose health insurance under this plan. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 49-51 on July 28, 2017. Senate Vote (Senate Vote #1-179).
  • Republican FY2018 budget:NEA opposed the FY2018 Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 25), which called for dramatic cuts in essential services like Medicare, Medicaid, and education to finance tax cuts for the wealthy. The legislation passed by a vote of 51-49 on October 20, 2017. (Senate Vote #1-245)
  • Tax benefits for K-12 private school tuition:NEA opposed an amendment by Senator Cruz (R-TX) to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) that created new tax advantages for high-income taxpayers who use 529 savings plans to pay tuition at K-12 private schools. The amendment passed by a vote of 51-50 on December 1, 2017. (Senate Vote #1-298)
  • Tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy:NEA opposed final passage of GOP leadership’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), which would undermine public education funding, create voucher-like schemes for the wealthy, and add $1.5 trillion to the deficit. The legislation passed by a vote of 51-48 on December 20, 2017. (Senate Vote #1-323)
  • Harmful immigration policies:NEA opposed cloture on Senator Grassley’s (R-IA) S. Amdt. 1959, which would have codified the administration’s four-pillar framework. This bill would fund a $25 billion border wall with taxpayer dollars and mount a two-pronged attack on legal immigration that strikes at the heart of family unification. Cloture on the amendment failed by a vote of 39-60 on February 15, 2018. (Senate Vote #2-36)
  • Protecting net neutrality: NEA supported passage of S.J. Res. 52, the Congressional Review Act resolution, to protect net neutrality by nullifying the Federal Communications Commission’s roll back of net neutrality rules. The resolution passed by a vote of 52-47 on May 26, 2018. (Senate Vote #2-96)
  • Protecting students’ civil rights/Marcus nomination:NEA opposed the nomination of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary of the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education due to his views on harassment related to students’ sexual orientation or gender, and his views on sexual assault. We believed that Mr. Marcus would undermine rather than fulfill the mission of the Office of Civil Rights. The confirmation was approved by a vote of 50-46 on June 7, 2018. (Senate Vote #2-118)
  • Opposing Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court justice:NEA opposed cloture on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court because of his record regarding education, health care, workers’ rights, and gun control. Cloture passed by a vote of 51-49 on October 5, 2018. (Senate Vote #2-222)
  • Protecting SNAP and child nutrition (Farm Bill conference report): NEA supported passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), commonly known as the Farm Bill. This bipartisan bill reflects the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in providing critical nutrition assistance to millions of households across our nation, and maintains the program’s core structure and benefit levels. The bill passed by a vote of 87-13 on December 11, 2018. (Senate Vote #2-259)