Press Release

AFT’s Weingarten Reacts to Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

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Andrew Crook
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WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement after the Senate reached agreement on a bill to help drive down costs for workers and families:

“This deal is huge for workers, huge for seniors and huge for our country, particularly our kids. It drives down costs for American families and is paid for by big corporations and the wealthy. It stares down Big Pharma by reining in prescription drug prices, particularly for those on Medicare; reduces healthcare premiums; addresses climate and energy costs; and creates more fairness in the tax code—all while reducing the deficit and cutting inflation.

“Congratulations to all those who persisted with the detailed and intense negotiations that got us to this point. This agreement isn’t everything we hoped for—but I urge its passage in the Senate and the House and its enactment into law in quick time.”

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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.