Press Release

AFT’s Weingarten Celebrates House Passage of Inflation Reduction Act

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Sarah Hager Mosby

WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement after the House passed a bill to help drive down costs for workers and families, sending the historic legislation to President Biden’s desk for signing:

“Today’s vote shows that with patience, persistence and the willingness to find solutions that address the real, kitchen-table problems American families face, Congress can change lives for the better. The Inflation Reduction Act drives down high healthcare costs, capping annual prescription drug costs that have crushed countless households. It takes on climate change to save the planet and lower families’ energy costs, all while reducing the deficit. It’s huge for workers, huge for older Americans and huge for our country, particularly our kids whose future depends on these historic investments.”

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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.