February 2017 Lobbying Report


Participating NEA Directors: Joyce Bailey, Gina Harris, Rainy Kaplan, Loretta Ragsdell, Mary Ann Rivera, Mae Smith, Tom Tully, Kari Vanderjack, Alex Wallace, David Watts as well as IEA Vice President Kathi Griffin, IEA Secretary-Treasurer Al Llorens and his grandson,  Caleb.

Congress Offices visited:

Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-3), Mike Quigley (D-5), Rep. Peter Roskam (R-6), Rep. Danny Davis (D-7), Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-8), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9), Rep. Brad Schneider (R-10), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-11), Rep. Mike Bost (R-12), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-13), Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-14), Rep. Darin LaHood (R-18), and Sen. Tammy Duckworth.

Lobbying Topics:

We had 2 topics to discuss with members of Congress and an additional item to discuss with Senator Duckworth.

Vouchers: NEA believes in a strong and inclusive public education system that ensures that all students can succeed. Vouchers, education savings accounts and tuition tax credits harm students, communities and undermine the public schools that educate 9 out of every 10 students. There is no valid evidence that such schemes improve the performance of either the students receiving them or those left behind in public schools.


Health Care/Medicaid: Congress should defeat efforts to slash Medicaid and Medicare under the guise of replacing the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA). More than 35 million children are covered by Medicaid and more than 57 million seiors and people with disabilities depend on Medicare for their health care coverage.



Supreme Court Nominee:

The Senate needs to perform its duty diligently and thoroughly vet President Trump’s nomionee for the Supreme Court: Judge Neil Gorsuch.



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