Skip to comments.Obama wants $35 billion for teachers, first-responders first
Posted on 10/16/2011 12:51:26 PM PDT by jazusamo
President Obama is returning to the road this week to press Congress to start passing the American Jobs Act, beginning with $35 billion for states to put teachers and first-responders to work.
But White House officials said Sunday that Obama will not be sending a separate piece of legislation to Congress, referring questions about the process to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that Congress has a jump-start in producing legislative language because Obama submitted the American Jobs Act with the provisions contained within.
Obama will implement the full-court press on the pieces of the jobs act as he embarks on another bus tour, this time hitting the critical battleground states of North Carolina and Virginia, two states Obama won in 2008 that are essential to his reelection strategy.
Earnest said that neither state was selected for its political importance, though he acknowledged if House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) gets the message from his home state that voters want the jobs bill passed immediately, then a "top priority of the trip will have been accomplished."
With the full $447 billion jobs bill suffering defeat in the Senate, Obama and his aides are moving to a second phase, publicly pushing for passage of the bill piece by piece.
The first piece Obama wants is $35 billion in aid for states to prevent the laying off of or support increased hiring of teachers, police officers and fire fighters, Earnest said.
While neither the trip nor the call for passing the jobs bill is new, the bus tour represents the first time Obama will be addressing crowds outside of Washington since the Occupy Wall Street movement gained momentum.
Reports over the weekend said that the Obama campaign is looking to capitalize on the movement, and Earnest's remarks on a conference call Sunday seemed to support those reports.
Earnest said that as Obama travels this week, the president will "continue to acknowledge the frustration that he himself shares" with Wall Street.
And using the popular refrain from the Occupy crowds, Earnest said that Obama will ensure the interests of 99 percent of Americans is well represented
At the end of the trip, Earnest said, "the message will be clear: Pass the bill this week to protect the job of a North Carolina teacher, or come down here, look her in the eye and explain to her why protecting" tax cuts for the wealthy is more important than passing the jobs bill.
Earnest has learned well from his boss, the Liar-In-Chief.
Obama also wants the first $35 billion for unionized teachers and first responders. The jobs bill is just a campaign tool for Obama.
I see that Obama is still trying to balance the budget.
And still doing it wrong.
FUBO!! Read and heed the US Constitution, dufus!!
this road trip is just fund raiser(on tax payer dime) for him
It’s a tax bill. After the first year, the states will have to pay for everything.
This President just can’t stop himself from spending our money....Oh and if you don’t pass the bill you hate schoolchildren and want people to die in the streets(at least that’s what the media will say)
Another slush fund...
Exactly. I can hear Dingy Harry and Pelosi blubbering on the Senate and House floor, wiping tears from their eyes saying that very thing.
If we need THIRTY FIVE BILLION!!!!!! for “teachers” and “first responders”, we obviously don’t need “teachers” and “first responders”. You can bet that the majority of that money will be going towards the pensions of those who do nothing these days but sit around on their asses.
“If you won’t give me $500 BILLION, I’ll settle for $37 Billion. Wah, wah, wah.”
“Daddy, if you won’t buy me the Saleen Mustang, how about a Honda Accord?”
Not one more dime to commie pubic school teachers!
Of course - Obama wants union and government at the head of the line. everyone else wait your turn for your government handout
President Obama is returning to the road this week to press Congress to start passing the American Jobs Act, beginning with $35 billion for states to put teachers and first-responders to work.”
Not sure I’ve heard of a teacher shortage, and where the 35 billion to fund first-responders is going to come from, or who will pay for it once the money dries up.
Obama sure is an old smoothie.
Those are state/local issues, but I suppose most sheeple will scream in agreement with this very important piece of propaganda.
Screw it, make it 35-Trillion. Yes we can.
Why didn’t he give to them 3 years ago when he had 900 billion?
Play his game. Bring the infrastructure elements up first. What’s more important, keeping bridges from collapsing or reducing c;ass size from 21 to 19?
Tax cuts for the wealthy, do the math not enough there to support the weight of debt he has put upon us and will do in the future. And yet he still has mindless fools following him like the pied piper.