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SSWAA Call to Action

Congress is at a stalemate on the next stimulus package. In the midst of all this pain and suffering, schools will see budgets and critical positions cut if Congress does not act. SSWAA has reached out to Congress to ask for additional funding to help families across this country and to adequately fund education. However, now we need you to take action as well. Please use the template below to write your Congressional delegation and urge them to provide money for schools. Tell Congress what your experience has been, tell them your story, that will break through and push them to act. Find your Member of Congress here and your Senators here. Each office will have a different policy for reaching them that will be listed on their website. You might be able to email them directly or simply copy and paste your letter into the form provided on their website. Tell Congress to act now!

Congressional Update – Transition 2020 (December 2020)

Americans voted and the Presidential election was called over a month ago, yet in many ways the 2020 election continues to dominate the conversation. President Trump continues to seek ways to overturn the certified vote totals across the country, focusing on the key states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Arizona. His pathway to another four years through legal challenges has been closed off with the Supreme Court being the latest in a string of 50+ courts to hand the President and his supporters a loss. Today, the electoral college will vote and lock in Joe Biden’s electoral college victory. The President and his supporters are now eyeing the January 6th joint session when Congress will vote to accept the electoral college results. Using a procedure that has been used unsuccessfully twice before they will seek to invalidate key states’ results. Because the Democrats control the House this will also fail.

 

Amid the chaotic election aftermath, Congress has been working to pass a few critical pieces of legislation before year-end, including a new coronavirus stimulus package, the 2021 government funding package, and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). A $908 billion bipartisan stimulus proposal which includes aid for small businesses, education, transportation, and health care has gained some momentum but faces opposition from Senate leadership. A major sticking point for Republicans is $160 billion in state and local funding and for Democrats is a liability shield for businesses. Both issues have been an obstacle in negotiations for six months.

 

In other news, the incoming Biden-Harris Administration has begun to announce their nominees for Cabinet and other appointed positions. Key announcements include:

  • Tony Blinken – Secretary of State

  • Janet Yellen – Secretary of the Treasury

  • Gen. Lloyd Austin – Secretary of Defense

  • Tom Vilsack – Secretary of Agriculture

  • Xavier Becerra – Secretary of Health and Human Services

  • Rep. Marcia Fudge – Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

  • Denis McDonough – Secretary of Veterans Affairs

  • Alejandro Mayorkas – Secretary of Homeland Security

  • Linda Thomas-Greenfield – US Ambassador to the United Nations

  • Avril Haines – Director of National Intelligence

  • John Kerry – Special Climate Envoy

  • Neera Tanden – OMB Director

  • Katherine Tai – US Trade Representative

We anticipate the days to come will bring announcements for Attorney General, Secretaries of Education, Commerce, Labor, Transportation, Energy, and Interior, as well as EPA Administrator. See the full list of nominations here.

SSWAA in Action

SSWAA is a member of a number of coalitions that are active on the Hill and regularly engage the Department on issues that are a priority to our membership. Below you can view recent coalition letters that SSWAA has signed on to and press releases introducing bills that we support.

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The School Social Work Association of America empowers school social workers and promotes the profession to enhance the social and emotional growth and academic outcomes of all students nationally and globally.

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