Democrats' "Better Deal" includes $50 billion to boost teacher pay

Senate and House Democrats on Capitol Hill
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer with other Democrats speaking on the Better Deal. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Chuck Schumer and other leading Democrats announced the second prong in as many days of their "Better Deal" economic agenda Tuesday, which aims to increase teacher salaries, improve school infrastructure, and empower teacher unions.

Why it matters: Teachers, who are striking across the country for better wages and working conditions, have threatened to vote unsupportive members out of office. Meanwhile, this policy gives teachers a clear look at where the Democratic Party stands on the issue.