Skip to comments.Obama signs emergency bill to halt teacher layoffs
Posted on 08/10/2010 4:38:51 PM PDT by traumer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Summoned back from summer break, the House on Tuesday pushed through an emergency $26 billion jobs bill that Democrats said would save 300,000 teachers, police and others from election-year layoffs. President Barack Obama immediately signed it into law.
Lawmakers streamed back to Washington for a one-day session as Democrats declared a need to act before children return to classrooms minus teachers laid off because of budgetary crises in states that have been hard-hit by the recession.
Republicans saw it differently, calling the bill a giveaway to teachers' unions and an example of wasteful Washington spending that voters will punish the Democrats for in this fall's elections. The legislation was approved mainly along party lines by a vote of 247-161.
The aid for the states is to be paid for mostly by closing a tax loophole used by multinational corporations and by reducing food stamp benefits for the poor.
Obama, joined by teachers at a Rose Garden ceremony earlier in the day, said, "We can't stand by and do nothing while pink slips are given to the men and women who educate our children or keep our communities safe."
The Senate narrowly passed the measure last Thursday, after the House had begun its August break.
The legislation provides $10 billion to school districts to rehire laid-off teachers or to ensure that more teachers won't be let go before the new school year begins. The Education Department estimates that could save 160,000 jobs.
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$26 billion - oh well....
Another payoff for the Dem party base.
No let’s see if the Republicans have the ‘cojones’ to start making a very big deal out of this.
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Our state VOTED to raise sales taxes temporarily to halt teacher layoffs and/or other education cuts. Why couldn’t other states do the same?
Were the photo-op teachers laid-off teachers? Where are these laid off teachers?
The No Criminally Underfunded Union Pension Left Behind Act of 2010.
The feds paying for more teachers the local districts can’t afford on their own. I hope Christie turns down the money as it will only equal more local taxes for us long-term.
Yeah - but this will make them BETTER teachers....
no0bama and the DIMs give money to the teachers. The teachers give much of it back to the DIMs in campaign money support. Quite a scam. Quite an illegal thing to do.
I’m confused by this. I’m pretty sure every single district in CA laid off teachers by increasing class sizes this fall.
So what now? School starts in 2 weeks. How is this money exactly divided up? Do fiscally responsible districts get any money, or just the ones who wasted money and overspent during the “good years” and didn’t keep any reserve?
Is there time for these fired and now re-hired teachers to get their classrooms ready? For the districts to re-assign all the students within the schools?
I’m mystified by the how this will all play out in practicality. . .somehow it all seems shady. . .
Con artist; Piss-Stream Media.
Throw 'em all out.
The Obama cult - It's hard to compete with a party that gives away the treasury.
I assume there will be a bill to save Plumbers, IT professionals, Purchasing Managers, and the like? (/sarc)
>>Our state VOTED to raise sales taxes temporarily to halt teacher layoffs and/or other education cuts. <<
excuse me a moment...
It looks like the money is actually going to the retired teachers so they can keep getting their big fat pensions?
God help us all. . .I can’t believe DC rushed back to pass this; I have 4 kids in public school but this all seems so pathetic and wrong to me. . .
Teenage Mutant Ninja Marxist at it again. Pre-paid votes.
Yes They Scam!
Do you think?
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