Lobbying Report — May 2011

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Lobby Report – NEA Board of Directors – May 2011

Lobbying on Capitol Hill: Mike Orr, Gary Miller, Al Llorens, Kathi Griffin, Terrie Tudor, Jim Grimes, Eric Brown, and Katie Kreis.  Also lobbying were IEA Officers Bob Blade and Cinda Klickna.  Directors-elect Alex Wallace, Jr., Joyce Bailey, Tom Tully, and Vickie Mahrt accompanied the teams on Capitol Hill.

Thursday morning, some of your Illinois delegation attended an NEA legislative reception for members of the 112th Congress at the Rayburn House Office Building.  Several others visited with Senators Durbin and Kirk at The Hart Senate Office Building for the Senators’ regular Thursday morning meeting with Illinois residents.

Directors then headed for House and Senate offices to lobby Members of Congress and meet with congressional staff members on three major topics:

  • NEA believes that a reauthorized ESEA law should require collaboration at the local level on development of plans and making of decisions that impact teaching and learning. Each Senator & Representative was asked to support the idea of collaboration, and was also asked to co-sponsor one or more of the 57 NEA supported ESEA bills currently in Congress.
  • NEA opposes tying an increase in the nation’s debt limit to adoption of a cap on all federal spending that would force massive cuts to education, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Each member was asked to oppose such a cap.
  • NEA is looking for co-sponsors and support for passage of the Annual National Classified School Employee of the Year Award Act.

The Illinois delegation split up and visited with the following members and/or their staff:  Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-17), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-5), Rep. Tim Johnson (R-15), Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-14), Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1), Rep. Peter Roskam (R-6), Rp. Jerry Costello (D-12), Rep. Judy Biggert (R-14), Rep. John Shimkus (R-19), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Rep. Robert Dold (R-10).

Comments from Members of Congress:

Sen. Durbin is concerned that the cost of reforming GPO-WEP will prevent it from happening, and that everyone may need to be brought into the Social Security System.

Sen. Kirk was concerned about any tax increases.  Both senators agreed that there will be cuts to federal programs.

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