January 8, 2009
Cynthia Leonor Garza
Statement byRandi Weingarten,
President, American Federation of Teachers,
On President-elect Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan
WASHINGTON–President-elect Barack Obama's message of urgency and shared responsibility for addressing our national economic crisis underscores this perilous time for America. We support the president-elect's call to Congress to pass a sweeping economic stimulus package as soon as possible to stem further economic collapse.
We are pleased the proposed plan includes a focus on smart investments, especially those made in education, healthcare and other vital public services. Obama's call to build 21st-century classrooms, labs and libraries, and create new technologies for students is an important step in preparing our children for the jobs of tomorrow and ensuring that each has a shot at the promised American Dream. We understand that solutions are not just about dollars, but about investments in opportunity and in our future.
The decisions policymakers make in the days ahead will have lasting effects for years to come. We join the president-elect in his push to get America on the road to recovery, and we understand this is truly a fight for America's future.
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The AFT represents more than 1.4 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.