AFT President Randi Weingarten Joins Americans in Celebrating Signing of Inflation Reduction Act
WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten attended the signing ceremony of the Inflation Reduction Act at the White House today, joined by several leaders of the union’s affiliates from around the country. She issued the following statement:
“Today’s bill signing was an important reminder that elections matter. President Joe Biden, with the narrowest of majorities in the House and Senate, is trying to make people’s lives better in tangible, measurable ways, and to deliver on the promise of good government that truly helps and serves the people it represents. The president, in his first two years in office, has grappled with unprecedented challenges, and the Inflation Reduction Act marks a historic effort to tackle those challenges by lowering costs for families and accelerating clean energy manufacturing. The bill will cap annual prescription drug costs at $2,000, ensuring families won’t have to forgo necessary medications because of cost, and it will take immediate, necessary action on climate change while regulating household energy bills, all while tackling our country’s deficit and making it easier for working people to afford basic necessities. Today was a good day for the American people.
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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.