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.
Is it really any wonder that the very first piece that he broke out of his "jobs" bill is directed at only those jobs that have unions? Not to mention the fact that the jobs he is talking about are local/state responsibility.
It is not $35 billion to “education” and “first responders”.
It is $35 billion to the education industrial establishment and other segments of government employees’ unions. That’s the purpose of the $35 billion, not “education” or “public safety”.
It will also contain strings tying acceptance of the funds to locals’ adoption of policies in line with the WH political agendas in education and in local government hiring policies.
How many RINOs will recognize this and say so??
He had to pay his friends and bankers first.
Now he wants to make friends of teachers and first responders. He's just a friendly guy, y'know.
You pay off your thugs first.
cops and firemen will provide the heavies to bust the necessary heads. The teachers will be the human shields.
Opponents will be arrested by cops and bogged down/bankrupted in the judicial system.
it’s taxpayers against government employees. It was always going to be this way.
As as teacher, FUBO!
The MONEY-P!SSER-AWAYER-IN-CHIEF at work for the American people. WADDA JOKE!!
Heck, why not 50 billion, uhbamy? Or 100 billion? Where'd ya get your numbers from this time-a poll, a union whore, bill ayers?
Uhbama only gives where he benefits.
He is a smelly, angry, shallow human being with a chip on his shoulder that matches the size of his destructive ego.
Thank you ABC, NC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC etc., for delivering this inept piece of filth into our oval office. A creep who BEGAN his career in politics in the LIVING ROOM of a terrorist who tried to kill NY policemen and got off on a technicality-bill ayers the slob. Thanks MSM for the total LACK of vetting you did because of your own orgasmic feelings for that black/white prig.
Since WHEN did teachers start being paid by the FEDERAL GOVT????? When is someone on our side going to point this out???
They also eat lots of donuts and take many vacations.
Unbelievable that a POTUS would suggest using Federal taxpayer funds to pay salaries for state and local government employees, and that nobody has put a straight jacket on him yet.
Ubanga wants more money to prop up public union pensions and other socialist bloat.
...beginning with $35 billion for states to put teachers and first-responders to work.Well, not to work, just give them pay. Some of these teachers and first-responders won't be just imaginary (like Democrat voters in Chicago) as part of Zero's ongoing money laundering scams.