May 4, 2021
Press Release
As member of Education and Labor Committee, Morelle fought to secure $130 billion for teachers as part of the American Rescue Plan

(Rochester, N.Y.) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle marked National Teacher Appreciation Day and announced his co-sponsorship of a resolution recognizing the invaluable work of teachers across America, especially this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“One day is not nearly long enough to recognize the incredible work our teachers have done, particularly under these extraordinary circumstances, but I want to take this opportunity to express my profound gratitude to all educators in our community and across the country,” said Congressman Joe Morelle. “Teachers play an essential role in the lives of our young people, going above and beyond to set them up for success. I urge our community to join me in marking National Teacher Appreciation Day by taking time to thank the dedicated teachers in their lives, and I remain committed to continuing my work in Congress to ensure teachers have the essential support they need during these unprecedented times.”

As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, Congressman Morelle helped secure $130 billion in the American Rescue Plan to provide teachers and educational staff with critical supports as they simultaneously work to return kids to the classrooms while continuing remote learning opportunities for students.

Congressman Morelle has long supported legislation that seeks to invest in our teachers, including the Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act, which calls for a desperately-needed injection of funding into our schools that will modernize classrooms, enhance school safety, and support staff, and the Save Education Jobs Act, which would secure nearly 2 million education jobs at risk of being cut in coming years, which would lead to students’ learning and leave students with fewer educational opportunities.

A copy of the resolution is below.