Press Release

AFT's Weingarten on Budget Compromise

For Release: 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Contact:

Michael Heenan
202/585-4371; Cell:202/577-3941
mheenan@aft.org

WASHINGTON— Statement from American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the budget agreement reached by House and Senate leaders:

“A bipartisan, bicameral group of Capitol Hill leaders has come to an agreement on a budget that will help working families get ahead. 

“Every day, I meet with nurses, teachers and public employees who still feel the effects of the Great Recession—effects like stagnant wages, budget cuts and sequestration, which have made it harder and harder for them to do their jobs. They know the economy is still out of balance, and they have been looking to anyone, including Congress, for relief.

“This budget provides some much-needed relief to those who need it most: raising the spending cap so more funding for schools is accessible, mitigating expected increases in out-of-pocket costs for millions of Medicare Part B beneficiaries, and making some, although not enough, investments in the future of our country’s economy. There is still more work to be done, but we commend this compromise and urge its swift passage.”

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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.