Press Release

AFT President Randi Weingarten on the Bipartisan Senate Budget Deal

For Release: 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Marcus Mrowka
202-531-0689 (cell)

WASHINGTON—Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the Senate budget deal:

“We are glad the Republican Senate leadership—which found a way to give trillions away in tax cuts to the wealthy and big corporations—understood they had to work with Democrats to find resources to fund the programs and services Americans rely on from the federal government. The bipartisan Senate budget deal appears to move in the right direction by increasing funding for education, healthcare, hurricane recovery, the military and other vital programs. Now that this budget deal has been reached, the Senate must move forward, as Sen. McConnell promised, with a floor debate and vote on keeping Dreamers from deportation.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.