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U.S. Senate passes bill to save teacher, police jobs

Posted August 5, 2010

U.S. Capitol

— Legislation sought by Democrats to prevent layoffs of tens of thousands of teachers, police and other public workers in the U.S. has passed the Senate.

The bill would help states and local school boards deal with severe budget problems. It would preserve the jobs of perhaps 300,000 public employees by extending programs in last year’s stimulus law. It passed 61-39 in the Senate Thursday, after months of Republican blocking tactics.

North Carolina was hoping for as much as $500 million in federal funds to fill holes in the state budget. The allotment for each state has yet to be determined.

House leader Nancy Pelosi is calling lawmakers back to Washington next week from their summer vacation to cast the final votes to deliver the bill to President Barack Obama.

Unlike the economic stimulus bill, the $26 billion measure would not increase the budget deficit since it is paid for with spending cuts and tax increases on U.S. companies operating overseas.


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  • josephlawrence43 Aug 6, 2010

    Need to remember, the last two years of Bush's admin., both houses of congress were controlled by Dems. Rather than trying list ( a real short list to begin with) whatever it was they voted against--might want to look at all the stuff they voted for. Didn't see a whole lot of trying to control spending back then--and even Obummer voted along with the rest of the Dems. So it's pointless to try and blame Bush alone--Dems need to man up and admit their part in the increased deficit from those days.

  • blackdog Aug 6, 2010

    With the tax breaks that were given to the wealthiest, trickle down DID NOT happen ! Allowing companies to recieve tax credits for operating in foreign countries, has NOT helped unemployed workers here.

  • dajones115b Aug 6, 2010

    For everyone who thinks that the Republicans will do a better job of lowering the budget deficit....from The Office of Management and Budget Sept 2008-
    On the day President Bush took office, the national debt stood at $5.727 trillion. The latest number from the Treasury Department shows the national debt now stands at more than $9.849 trillion. That's a 71.9 percent increase on Mr. Bush's watch.
    It's the biggest increase under any president in U.S history.

  • geosol Aug 5, 2010

    More horrible news!!! Not at all like when our right wing friends controlled the federal government and turned a surplus into the biggest deficit in history. I guess they kinda forgot about that for some reason. Oh well.

  • Worland Aug 5, 2010

    Congress has become irrelevant. Pelosi and Reid have handed their power over to our beloved Comrade Obama. If Obama can't pass his socialist agenda through the Dem controlled Congress, he just has some agency write up a memo making his policies "legal".

  • whatusay Aug 5, 2010

    Obama and the democrats are over-reaching their authority. No where in the constitution does it allow government to use tax payers money to create, or save, jobs. Things have really gotten out of hand since Obama was elected. He is becoming a dictator.

  • tommys5 Aug 5, 2010

    By the way has anyone seen the First Lady lately?


  • whatusay Aug 5, 2010

    Obama believes every job saved is another democrat vote. However, I don't believe there are enough union members and government employees to tip the scales in his favor. He is again, lost in the world of common sense. But, I give him credit for his efforts to bankrupt this country trying.

  • tommys5 Aug 5, 2010

    You are so right hcain73.
    Headline should have read:Senate passes pre-election pay off to unions.

  • mep Aug 5, 2010

    The republicans filibustered that one.... Not really. The Dems WERE given the option to use unspent spendulus dollars to fund this bill... but they refused. The dems just wanted to stap our nation with more debt. As if 13 TRILLION is not enough. This bill is now paid for with higher taxes... woo hoo!