Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Calif., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, N.Y., outlined a plan Monday to invest in teachers by cutting back on the GOP tax cuts.
Pelosi and Schumer, in an op-ed published by USA Today, indicated that teacher walkouts and protests in the past few months were appropriate, and they say they agree that teacher pay is unfair and their resources are inadequate to run a classroom effectively.
The two congressional leaders concluded in their opinion piece that Republicans were to blame for such conditions for teachers.
“Unfortunately, Republicans have been pushing federal and state education cuts to fund tax giveaways for the rich, resulting in fewer resources for schools and low teacher pay. That must end,” Schumer and Pelosi’s op-ed reads.
They promised that Democrats, if elected to the majority in the 2018 midterms, would dedicate $50 billion to state school districts to increase teachers’ salaries, another $50 billion for school infrastructure improvement, assistance for low-income students, and funding for special education.
Aside from monetary commitments, Pelosi and Schumer also promised that the Democratic Party would fight for teachers’ ability to negotiate better pay and conditions.
With the assurance of such a big financial commitment, the two lawmakers said it would be paid for by revisiting the “Trump tax cuts.”
“Instead of allowing millionaires, billionaires and massive corporations to keep their tax breaks and special-interest loopholes, Democrats would invest in teachers and students,” the op/ed says.
Pelosi has repeatedly attacked the GOP tax cuts, calling the increase that American workers take home in pay and benefits they receive “crumbs.”