Urge Senators to support the bipartisan budget deal

By a vote of 332-94, the House passed the NEA-supported Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 negotiated by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), which replaces $63 billion in sequester cuts this year and next. In fiscal 2014 alone, roughly 87 percent of last year’s cuts in non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs would be restored – recognition that slashing programs like education is harming students nationwide. Kids from low-income families and special needs students have been hit especially hard. “Those students are desperately in need … [they] haven’t moved away, they’re still in need, and they’re still in need of services,” said Melanie Charlson, the Montana Education Association’s representative on the NEA Board of Directors, in an interview televised by ABC Fox Montana.

The bill fails to extend benefits for workers unemployed longer than 26 weeks,however. The current program expires on December 28, when payments will be cut off for an estimated 1.3 million individuals. Protecting unemployment insurance is critical to ensuring family stability and, consequently, the well-being ofthousands of children in our public schools. NEA will work with the House and the Senate to address this issue first when they return to Washington after the beginning of the new year.

TAKE ACTION TODAY! – Urge your Senators to support the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.