Largest teacher's union promotes Biden's Build Back Better, omits mention of price tag

The largest union in the U.S. published "5 Ways the Build Back Better Plan Supports Students and Educators" immediately after the House passed the social spending bill, ignoring its approximately $2 trillion cost.

Updated: December 4, 2021 - 10:43pm

The National Education Association published an article entitled "5 Ways the Build Back Better Plan Supports Students and Educators" after the passage of the roughly $2 trillion bill in the House.

The largest union in the United States, the NEA has more than three million members who teach students from preschool through college. Most teachers in the United States are members of this union. 

The article, published in NEA Today, praises the bill as "President Joe Biden's historic investment."

"Key provisions of the bill include universal pre-K; expansion of the child tax credit; support for teacher recruitment and retention; paid family leave; and healthy school meals for all students," NEA Today reported, followed by a call to action asking people to ask Senators "to pass this critical legislation."

The article then goes on to explain the need for each of the bill's progressive measures. 

The NEA has promoted the Build Back Better Plan several times. When the plan was unveiled on Oct. 28, the organization put out a press release headlined, "Build Back Better framework is victory for America's working families."

"This agenda is not just a once-in-a-generation investment in children, students, educators, and working families," NEA President Becky Pringle said. "It is a bold new vision of what this country should — and can — be."

Pringle went on to "applaud the leadership of" President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

After the bill passed the House, the NEA applauded the bill once again.

The NEA has a history of supporting Democratic ideas, such as promoting "anti-racist" teaching and calling the Biden-Harris ticket the "dream team."

The union does not mention the bill's costs in their articles. If Build Back Better policies are made permanent, it could cost Americans more than $4.75 trillion according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Sen. Schumer plans to bring the bill to the floor for a vote as soon as next week, The Hill reports.