July 19th, 2010
08:13 PM ET
8 years ago

Senate Democrats say House must cut education money from war spending bill

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democratic leaders have concluded that the only way to pass critical war-funding before the fast-approaching August congressional recess is for the House to drop its insistence that the measure include billions of dollars for unrelated domestic programs, a top Senate Democratic leadership aide told CNN.

The extra money, which includes funds to help cash-strapped states avoid teacher layoffs, has drawn fire from Republicans who complain it's a giveaway to the teachers' unions.

The White House, which doesn't oppose giving states money for teachers, also objects to the House legislation because it pays for the teacher initiative by cutting funding from President Obama's "Race to the Top" education reform program.

"The House doesn't have a choice but to pass the clean Senate bill," the Senate aide said. "There is no other alternative."

To reinforce their point that they cannot overcome GOP objections, Senate Democrats are considering scheduling a vote later this week to prove they can't get the 60 votes needed to overcome an expected Republican filibuster to the House bill.

Late Monday, House Democratic leaders were still pushing for the Senate to try to pass the domestic funding, but a House Democratic aide privately acknowledged the Senate will not be able to get enough votes to do so and the House will be forced to pass a clean bill.

In addition to $37 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the House wants to add over $20 billion in domestic spending, including: $10 billion for teachers, $1 billion for summer jobs programs, about $5 billion for Pell grants, $700 million for border security, as well as funds for emergency food assistance and other programs.

The bill also includes money for Haiti, the Gulf of Mexico, and other emergency programs that Republicans don't oppose.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Hugo

    Yeah DEMOnCRApS great plan cut OUR educational funding while simultaneously funding Pakistani Hospitals, Pakistani Schools, Pakistani bribes and military and all those other Obama special interest favors to help us from getting our asses handed to us in Afghanistan. How about this plan you bunch of worthless pieces of human excrement, cut your paychecks, cut your tax funded cross country commutes twice a week, cut your campaigning flights, cut your perks, cut your endless staff... and best for last cut, your own throats so we can get our Nation back to working order.

    July 19, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. thor

    These house dems would add 100 billion if they could to every bill that was proposed.Fortunately there are people starting to get it.We can't continue to spend with reckless abandonnment !!!

    July 19, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. nyocean

    Wow. Why can't we defend public education spending when deliberating war spending? Where are the real Dems on this? Where are the country lovin' Tea Party blogs on pushing homeland job security?? And how does education spending make a war bill unclean??? We have to stop electing weak-willed people to powerful positions. Who are these ppl and where are their priorities..?

    July 19, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. Peggyt

    Teachers deserve more money. There are not enough teachers that are really good teachers. It takes money to live, the schools wete suppose to get funds from the lottery, but apparently, that isn't happening on a big enough scale to make a difference, because I've seen & heard reports that teachers are buying school supplys for the schools that students need to do class work. What do you think teachers can exist on Fresh Air & Scenery – Last time I checked, the bank doesn't take those items as payment for loans. I dont think the stores will except that for food either. What is the deal people, if you csn support a war which costs thousands – you can give the teachers more funding. This is not a give away. This is your childrens future, every one who attends a public school is effected by this. I'm betting the Republicans send their kids to a private school, so why would they care if your kids or any one elses has a good education or not?

    July 19, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. D.

    No, we need to cut the defense and improve our children's education. We need to keep youth in school; make certain every student eats breakfast; and have tutors for every school teacher.We need to take care of home first now. We are falling behind in the world and we certainly want to catch up and passing other countries again.

    July 19, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    How about cutting out the war from the education bill? That would benefit our great nation a little more in the long run. Oh wait, I forgot that a large population of uneducated folks will join the military for a career, enabling more war and thus more profits for our capitalist ruling class. Have a nice day!

    July 19, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    The Republicans in the Senate are doing an excellent job working for the average taxpayer. This is why we are going to load up the Senate in November with a strong majority of Republicans. American taxpayers need the Federal Government to get reasonable again quickly. They tried spending our way out and that didn't work so now it's time to actually manage what we have. Democrats have shown they are not capable of that.

    July 19, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    You only have so much to spend, you have to set priorities. Education is the responsibility of parents and students, and not the government. Wars are the responsibility of government.

    July 19, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  9. A keen observer

    It looks like the democrats are caving in the party of NO. I guess the republican strategy of just saying no is going to work. How stupid!

    July 19, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. DENNA

    Wow. Cutting domestic spending. The Repiglicans will love that, just love it. After all, it is more important to buy bombs that educate the children of America. Have you had enough yet America? In NOvember, vote No to the Party of No. Their only goal is to get back in power so that they can repeal everything that President Obama has managed to pass and repeat the same policies of theirs that got us in this mess.

    July 19, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. Minesh - troy, MI

    War bill used to fund unions? Thank God – the Republicans stood on firm ground.

    July 19, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. Tea Party RACIST

    typical republican logic. take money away from public education and spend it on wars. how anyone who isn't filthy rich casts a vote for them (especially a minority) is totally beyond me. that is a greater mystery to me than where does the universe end.

    July 19, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  13. Bradley - Az

    Leave Afghanistan. Get out of the United Nations and turn the building into low cost housing. Add that to a 2 year moritirium on foreign aid and we can begin to get our financial house in order.

    July 19, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Here we go again with the same Republican propaganda blaming the teachers and unions for everything. Where's the proof? What evidence is there this is a giveaway? It doesn't take a genius to see most states are so broke they can barely stay afloat yet alone keep our public education system from shedding thousands of teachers, cops, or other jobs.

    Yet the Republicans just want to blame unions again instead of telling the truth.

    July 19, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. John N Florida

    If this $37 billion is not offset with cuts, this bill, just like the Unemployment Bill, must be defeated.

    July 19, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  16. Bob

    The headlines is so MISLEADING...

    Senate Democrats say House must cut education money from war spending bill.

    This makes it seem like the Democrats want to remove education money which is not the case at all.

    In reality....The GOP will filibuster any money going towards education in this bill so they must remove it for it to get passed.

    July 19, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  17. Steve851

    I've got a better idea. Not only should we stop putting more money into the black hole of education subsidies. Let's also not put more money into war funding.

    July 19, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  18. gwen

    Yes a "give away to teacher unions" can't have that, those darn teachers make enough as it is... how can anyone take the conservative seriously!!????

    July 19, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  19. REG in AZ

    The Republicans have demonstrated that they say a lot of things to just rationalize/justify doing nothing. Let me get this straight, they are now saying that they want to cut job producing government spending before they can approve extending unemployment compensation. Hmm … I suppose that is consistent even if not rational. No doubt that the deficit needs to be gotten under control to avoid substantial inflation but it also needs to be clear that if that becomes the focus before stabilizing the economy, then it likely could cause deflation and even a depression. I guess it comes down to deciding whose interests are more important or on what excuse is needed.

    July 19, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  20. Brian

    Here's some thoughts: why don't we bring all the troops home, use that money for infrastructure security, and employ all those "out of the military" veterans to positions within the TSA. Then use the money allocated for education for education. In the future, cut half the defense budget and put a freeze on spending. Any aid we give in the "war on terror" should go to Pakistan, in order to keep Al Qaida on the run.

    July 19, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  21. Lewis K

    What??? the Dems opposing pork..... lol. Spend and tax is a motto. We need education so we dont vote a twit like obama in to office again. Dollar for Dollar, he has done more damage to US than 9/11 did, but thats just one VOTER'S opinion.

    July 19, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  22. bennie new york

    I think most of the American public would be just fine with a war funding bill not passing. Once again, the Senate Democrats have me and their liberal base befuddled.

    July 19, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  23. Gil

    I would rather they keep the money for education and let the war fund melt to nothing. These illegal wars are costing Americans more than money and our next generation will have to face the facts that like Vietnam we have lost in Iraq and will lose in Afghanistan.

    July 19, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  24. G

    Cutting sucks but we have to do it....welfare, education, defense and roads we have to cut everything and work towards a balanced budget. Lets stop criticizing the cuts and look for new things we can cut.

    July 19, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  25. logical74

    Anything that takes away from the "Race to the Top" privatization garbage is ok with me.

    July 19, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
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