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From: Seth Gerson

Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2010 7:07 PM

To: NBPTS Mobilization and Outreach

Cc: Anna Davis

Subject: Expected Upcoming Omnibus vote

Hi all –

Hope this e-mail finds you well.   First, thank you all again for your efforts on defeating the Coburn amendment last week.  Sorry for not getting this information out sooner.    

We are gearing up for another important vote that is most likely to occur next week in the Senate.  The vote will be on passage of the FY2011 Omnibus appropriations bill that funds federal spending for the next year.  This package includes National Board funding.  

In contrast, the House passed a year-long FY2011 Continuing Resolution last night that includes only large, broadly defined pots of funding for education and other sectors, not program-by-program levels, i.e. how much and whether a program gets funding is largely at the discretion of the Secretary.  We would have to fight to get our funding from the Department along with many other groups.  Obviously, we would rather the Omnibus.

We need 60 votes to pass the Omnibus.  The coalition has been targeting 69 Senators for this vote – attached is a joint letter signed by Joe and the Presidents and CEOs of Center for Civic Education, Close Up Foundation, Communities In Schools, Cooperative Education Exchange Program, National History Day, National Writing Project, New Leaders for New Schools, Project GRAD, Reach Out and Read, Reading is Fundamental, Teach For America, and VSA – The International Organization on Arts and Disability.  This letter has been sent to Education staffers in all targeted Senate offices.  

We have 18 confirmed “yes” votes thus far: Baucus (D-MT), Casey (D-PA), Dodd (D-CT), Harkin (D-IA), Inouye (D-HI), Kerry (D-MA), Landrieu (D-LA), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Leahy (D-VT), Lincoln (D-AR), Gillibrand (D-NY), Menendez (D-NJ), Mikulski (D-MD), Murkowski (R-AK), Murray (D-WA), Reid (D-NV), Sanders (I-VT), and Tester (D-MT).

If your contacts plan to send an e-mail to a staffer, ask them to address it to the staffer, not the Senator.  As a template, see the e-mail below sent to many Senate offices earlier today that can be filled in with state-specific data.  The National Board BOD have been notified and Jolynn has begun reaching out to state networks with this same message and attached letter.     

We could use your help in getting Senators on board as well.  Thanks for your help in advance, and feel free to call or e-mail me with any questions!  

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