Lobbying Report December 2009

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ILLINOIS NEA DIRECTORS SCHEDULE—CAPITOL HILL

Thursday, December 10, 2009

8:00 a.m.  NEA Legislative Briefing—NEA Headquarters

8:30 a.m.  Senator Durbin (D-IL)

  • Dropped off information to staff.

9:00 a.m. Congressman Aaron Schock (R-18, Peoria)

  • Met with Margie Almanza, Education Staff person

9:15 a.m.  Congressman Melissa Bean (R-8, Schaumburg)

  • Met with Congresswoman Bean

10:30 a.m. Congressman Peter Roskam (R-6, Bloomingdale)

  • Met with Education Staff person

10:45 a.m.  Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

  • Press Conference with NEA Officers

11:00 a.m. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-9, Evanston)

  • Met with Dana Thomas, Education Staff person

11:15 a.m.  Congressman Mike Quigley (D-5, Chicago)

  • Met with Cong. Quigley’s Chief of Staff

11:30 a.m. Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-2, Chicago)

  • Met with Congressman Jackson

1:00 p.m. Congressman Phil Hare (D-17-Rock Island)

  • Met with Congressman Hare

1:15 p.m. Congressman Mark Kirk (R-10, Highland Park)

  • Met with Congressman Kirk

1:30 p.m. Congresswoman Deborah Halvorson (D-11, Crete)

  • Met with Justin Cajindos, Education Staff person

1:30 p.m. Congressman Bill Foster (D-14, Geneva)

  • Met with Congressman Foster

2:00 p.m. Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-13, Hinsdale)

  • Met with Congresswoman Biggert

2:00 p.m. Congressman Tim Johnson (R-15, Sidney)

  • Met with Jennifer Mascho, Education Staff person

Comments from Members of Congress and their staff:

Congresswoman Melissa Bean—concerned about funding health reform programs, small businesses.  She does not feel ESEA will be addressed until after health care is resolved.

Congresswoman Judy Biggert—opposes an excise tax on health insurance, feels that Race to the Top is the blueprint for the reauthorization of ESEA.  Is concerned that education reform is top down.  Feels that a jobs bill should decrease spending, include tax incentives and support small businesses.

Congressman Bill Foster—opposes an excise tax on health plans.  He would like to see more support for science and math education and work with NEA on programs such as the Illinois Math and Science Academy.

Congresswoman Deborah Halverson—opposes an excise tax on health plans.  She hopes that a public option will be put back into a final bill through the conference committee.  She agrees with NEA’s proposals on ESEA and high school dropout reenrollment programs.

Congressman Phil Hare—opposes an excise tax on health plans.  Concerned that the “donut hole” is not fixed by the current health bill, would consider expansion of Medicare.  He feels ESEA will be delayed until after the election next fall.  Supports a jobs bill.

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.—it is unconscionable to expect that the people in need of reform should be the ones that pay more.  The Congressman will support high school dropout reenrollment language in the reauthorization.

Congressman Tim Johnson—opposes any tax increases including an excise tax on health plans.  Wants to fix insurance management and pool insurance for small business.  He feels ESEA may come up next session and feels flexibility for teachers is critical.

Congressman Kirk—opposes an excise tax on health plans.  Feels Speaker Pelosi is responsible for the partisanship in the House.  He is open to suggestions on ELL in the reauthorization of ESEA and supports drop out reenrollment programs.  He voiced concerned about our rising national debt.

Congressman Mike Quigley—draws the line on an excise tax.  He supports drop out reenrollment programs.

Congressman Roskam—opposes an excise tax on health care plans.  He is concerned about the amount of money needed to pay for health care reform.

Congresswoman Schakowsky—opposes excise tax on health plans.

Congressman Schock—opposes taxing health insurance.  Supports Cong. Davis’ efforts to urge the full funding of Illinois social service agencies.

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