Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has scheduled a vote on S. 1723, the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act, for Friday, October 21, 2011. The Friday vote is a procedural vote that will identify the overall support for the bill among the 100 Senators.
S. 1723 would provide $30 billion to create or save almost 400,000 education jobs for teachers and other school employees, including school-based speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Without these funds students will be shortchanged by reductions in school weeks, program eliminations, larger group therapy, and less individualized care.
S. 1723 is fully paid for and will not increase the debt by imposing a very small 0.5% income tax surcharge on those with adjusted gross incomes of over $1 million.
For additional information, please contact Neil Snyder, ASHA's director of federal advocacy, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 800-498-2071, ext. 5614.