Lobbying Report — May 2013

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NEA Lobbying Report – May 2013

Illinois NEA Directors lobbying included:  Jim Grimes, Eric Brown, Alex Wallace, Joyce Bailey, Tom Tully, and Vickie Mahrt.

Directors attended a legislative briefing from NEA Government Relations staff.

Members of Congress were not in Washington so NEA Directors visited with congressional staff members on Capitol Hill for:  Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-3), Mike Quigley (D-5), Peter Roskum (R-6), Danny Davis (D-7), Tammy Duckworth (D-8), Jan Schakowsky (D-9), Bill Foster (D-11), Bill Enyart (D-12), Rodney Davis (R-13), Randy Hultgren (R-14).Adam Kinzinger (R-16), Cherrie Bustos (D-17), and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).  NEA materials were also delivered to all other Illinois congressional offices.

NEA lobbying efforts focused on these questions:

1)  Federal Funding – Will Members of Congress support efforts directing education appropriations to formula funding programs like Title I or IDEA instead of diverting new funds to competitive grants?

2)  ESEA Reauthorization –

a.  What are the Member’s priorities for ESEA?

b.  Will the Member support requiring fair and accurate determinations of student and school successes to be based on multiple measures?

3)  Immigration – Will you ensure that children are protected and afforded public benefits such as healthcare (e.g. Medicaid) and nutrition assistance (free and reduced lunch and SNAP) on their path to citizenship?

4)  Bill Co-Sponsorships –

a.  Will you co-sponsor and support passage of a bill to recognize the invaluable work of our nation’s ESPs by establishing an Annual National Classified School Employee of the Year Award Act (S. 456 and HR 1763)?

b.  Will you co-sponsor and support passage of the Social Security Fairness Act of 2013, a bill eliminating WEP and GPO (HR 1795).

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