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 116th Congress, 1st Session (2019)

Selected votes

U.S. House of Representatives

  • Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019 (H.R. 790) by Rep. Connolly (D-VA): NEA supported this bill to bring the 2019 pay increase for civilian federal employees in line with the raise the military received. Those employees include the faculty and staff of 164 schools, serving more than 73,000 students, operated by the Department of Defense (DoD) in 11 foreign countries, 7 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico. The legislation passed by a vote of 259-161 on January 30, 2019. (House Vote 1-64)
  • Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act (H.R. 276) by Rep. Titus (D-NV): NEA supported this bill directing the Secretary of Education to establish the Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) Award Program for education support professionals (ESPs) who provide essential services to students from pre-K-to grade 12. The legislation passed by a vote of 387-19 on February 25, 2019. (House Vote 1-89) 
  • Undoing President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency (H.J. Res. 46) by Rep. Castro (D-TX): NEA supported this resolution to prevent diverting billions of dollars appropriated by Congress for other purposes to building a wall on our southern border. Declaring a national emergency when one does not exist is a power grab that undermines the separation of powers fundamental to our system of government. The legislation passed by a vote of 245-182 on February 26, 2019. (House Vote 1-94)
  • Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R. 8) by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA): NEA supported this bill to require a background check for every gun sold as well as most transfers. Firearms are the leading cause of death for African American children, and the second leading cause of death for all American children. The legislation passed by a vote of 240-190 on February 27, 2019. (House Vote 1-99)
  • Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 1585) by Rep. Bass (D-CA): NEA supported this bill to protect victims, invest in preventing sexual assaults, improve access to safe housing and economic stability, and close the “boyfriend loophole” by keeping firearms out of the hands of convicted abusers, stalkers, and people under court-issued restraining orders. The legislation passed by a vote of 263-158 on April 4, 2019. (House Vote 1-156)
  • Equality Act (H.R. 5) by Rep. Cicilline (D-RI): NEA supported this bill to provide consistent non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity by amending federal laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and the Jury Act. Doing so would help educators cultivate nurturing and supportive school environments for LGBTQ students and safeguard LGBTQ educators. The legislation passed by a vote of 236-173 on May 17, 2019. (House Vote 1-217)
  • American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6) by Rep. Roybal-Allard (D-CA): NEA supported this bill to provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers brought to this country as minors, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, and people granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for humanitarian reasons—populations that include tens of thousands of students and educators. The legislation passed by a vote of 237-187 on June 4, 2019. (House Vote 1- 240)
  • Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020 (H.R. 2740) by Rep. DeLauro (D-CT): NEA supported this bill to increase funding for key education programs including Title I, Title II, IDEA, community schools, Pell grants, and more. The legislation passed by a vote of 226-203 on June 19, 2019. (House Vote 1-367)
  • Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 748) by Rep. Courtney (D-CT): NEA supported this bill to eliminate the 40 percent excise tax on “high cost” employer-sponsored health plans scheduled to take effect in 2022. Under the Affordable Care Act, the tax would apply to the portion of employer-sponsored health benefits whose value exceeds specified thresholds: an estimated $11,200 for single coverage and $30,150 for family coverage. The legislation passed by a vote of 419-6 on July 17, 2019. (House Vote 1-493)
  • Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (H.R. 3877) by Rep. Yarmuth (D-KY): NEA supported this bill to lift the budget caps introduced in 2011 and prevent severe cuts in non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding for fiscal 2020 and 2021. In fiscal 2020 alone, the budget caps would result in automatic cuts of $55 billion to NDD programs. The legislation passed by a vote of 284-149 on July 25, 2019. (House Vote 1-511)
  • Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 (H.R. 4) by Rep. Sewell (D-AL): NEA supported this bill to require states and localities with recent histories of voter discrimination to seek approval from the Department of Justice before making any changes in their election laws. The measure is a direct response to the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby v. Holder, which invalidated key provisions of the Voting Rights Act first passed in 1965. The legislation passed by a vote of 228-127 on December 6, 2019. (House Vote 1-654)
  • FUTURE Act (H.R. 5363) by Rep. Adams (D-NC): NEA supported this bill to permanently reauthorize and provide $255 million in annual mandatory funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). It also streamlines the federal financial aid process and paperwork for federal student loan borrowers on income-driven repayment plans.The legislation passed the House by a vote of 319-96 on December 10, 2019. (House Vote 1-659) 
  • Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (amended H.R. 1865) by Rep. Pascrell (D-NJ): NEA supported this bill to increase funding for key education programs including Title I, Title II, IDEA, community schools, Pell grants, and more; extend the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Community Self-Determination Act for two years; permanently repeal the Affordable Care Act’s tax on “high cost” health plans; and provide funding for gun violence research and the 2020 Census. The legislation passed by a vote of 297-120 on December 17, 2019. (House Vote 1-689)

U.S. Senate

  • Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019, Amendment 5 by Sens. McConnell (R-KY) and Shelby (R-AL): NEA opposed this legislation to provide $5.7 billion for a permanent border wall. The legislation was rejected by a vote of 50-47 on January 24, 2019. (Senate Vote 1-9)
  • Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019, Amendment 6 by Sen. Schumer (D-NY): NEA supported this legislation, a package of House-passed appropriations bills that would reopen the federal government until February 8. The legislation was rejected by a vote of 52-44 on January 24, 2019. (Senate Vote 1-10)
  • William Barr’s nomination as Attorney General of the United States. NEA opposed confirming Barr on the grounds that he cannot be trusted to protect our students’ civil rights or take action against the unprecedented threats to the rule of law posed by the Trump administration. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 54-45 on February 14, 2019. (Senate Vote 1-24)
  • Undoing President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency (H.J. Res. 46) by Rep. Castro (D-TX): NEA supported this resolution to prevent diverting billions of dollars appropriated by Congress for other purposes to building a wall on our southern border. Declaring a national emergency when one does not exist is a power grab that undermines the separation of powers fundamental to our system of government. The legislation passed by a vote of 59-41 on March 14, 2019. (Senate Vote 1-49)
  • Limit debate on judicial nominees (S. Res. 50) by Sen. Lankford (R-OK). In this vote, NEA supported a procedural motion to block efforts to limit debate on all federal district court nominees and the majority of executive branch nominees going forward. The legislation was rejected by a vote of 48-51 on April 3, 2019. (Senate Vote 1-61) 
  • Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (H.R. 3877) by Rep. Yarmuth (D-KY): NEA supported this bill to lift the budget caps introduced in 2011 and prevent severe cuts in non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding for fiscal 2020 and 2021. In fiscal 2020 alone, the budget caps would result in automatic cuts of $55 billion to NDD programs. The legislation passed by a vote of 67-28 on August 1, 2019. (Senate Vote 1-262)
  • Eugene Scalia’s nomination as Secretary of Labor: NEA opposed this nomination because Scalia has devoted his entire career to undercutting workers’ rights, protecting corporations at the expense of employees and consumers, and threatening workers’ retirement security. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 53-44 on September 26, 2019. (Senate Vote 1-313)
  • Steven Menashi’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit: NEA opposed Menashi because his writings and record raise serious concerns about whether he can be trusted to be fair-minded and dispense equal justice to all who come before him. As acting general counsel of the Department of Education, Menashi played a key role in carrying out the disastrous policies of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 51-41 on November 14, 2019. (Senate Vote 1-356)
  • Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (amended H.R. 1865) by Rep. Pascrell (D-NJ): NEA supported this bill to increase funding for key education programs including Title I, Title II, IDEA, community schools, Pell grants, and more; extend the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Community Self-Determination Act for two years; permanently repeal the Affordable Care Act’s tax on “high cost” health plans; and provide funding for gun violence research and the 2020 Census. The legislation passed by a vote of 71-23 on December 19, 2019. (Senate Vote 1-415)