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Democrats’ Historic Package Will Cut Costs, Reduce Inflation and Help American Families, Says AFT’s Weingarten

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WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement after the Senate passed landmark legislation to enshrine President Joe Biden’s agenda and slash prices for workers and families:

“Today is a defining moment for anyone who cares about the future of our country. It marks a turning point for working families, seniors and kids after two tough years. And it sends a message that we can find solutions to our nation’s biggest challenges if we don’t give up and keep our eye on the prize.

“This landmark bill drives down drug and healthcare costs, reduces energy prices and tackles the effects of extreme weather. And it does it by taxing big corporations and the wealthy, lowering the deficit and cutting inflation.

“For workers struggling to pay the bills, seniors who can’t afford medication, and all those who suffer from crippling diseases like cancer or debilitating illnesses like asthma, it is literally a lifesaver. Its passage restores hope that our institutions can be made to serve the American people, not special interests and the ultra-rich.

“I want to thank Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and every senator who showed the grit and determination to make this effort a reality as it moves to the House and the president’s desk.”

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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.