August 10th, 2010
06:15 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama signs bill to prevent teacher layoffs

ALT TEXT The House of Representatives passed a $26 billion measure Tuesday afternoon to help avoid teacher and emergency-responder layoffs. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)

Updated at 6:15 p.m.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed into law a $26 billion measure to help avoid teacher layoffs - a move Democrats claim is necessary in the wake of state and local government cutbacks.

The House gave final approval earlier Tuesday to the bill, which had already passed the Senate.

The measure, which passed the House on a largely party-line 247-to-161 vote, is designed to save the jobs of approximately 160,000 teachers across the country, as well as create and save positions for police officers, firefighters and nurses, according to Democratic leaders.

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  1. Orlando Patriot

    Being a Republican I know teachers are our future (I am actually a professor at a local college teaching economics) but Republicans ALSO recognize this bailout is not solving the problem but delaying the inevitable. Why doesn't Obama actually try to SOLVE the problem!! The problem is that the PRIVATE SECTOR was hit very hard during the recession and would like to consider expanding and hiring again IF they only had some idea what Obama is planning to do!! The most dangerous aspect of the private sector is "uncertainty" which Obama has been shoveling non-stop since January 2009. Obama doesn't WANT the economy doing better because if it did then many would no longer DEPEND on government.

    End result is this bailout actually "paid-off" teachers unions, the elderly (Medicare), and supporters. Congratulations, you just spent $26 billion NOT to fix the economy but rather to buy votes for the Democrat Party in November. However, the people are smarter than this administration gives us credit for. We all KNOW this administration (and Democrat controlled Congress) has pushed this economy into further decline. In November when Republicans get control of Congress they will initiate policies and bills that will actually STRENGTHEN our economy.

    August 10, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. Where in the hell is the money coming from?

    where have you been JES?

    just now you ask about how to pay for it?

    how about during Reagan?

    nice to finally realize how out of control this all is, but my friend a little late for outrage, pretty insincere

    August 10, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Johnny C (from Los Angeles)

    I find it utterly amazing that people think that this is a Democrat vs Republican issue ... it is both and do not forget about those civil service unions either.

    I think it is good to keep the jobs, however, this bailout of our civil servants cannot go on forever.

    Don't let the headlines fool you ....$26.1 billion to save teacher's jobs and first response personnel ... that is what they want you to believe. The real issue is that the (city and state) pensions are eating up all of the money. It is a scheme ... let the people know that our children and their teachers will suffer. This is only the result of the extreme growth of pensions and high government salaries that your city leaders and their union cronies have created to make life wonderful for the civil service elite with high paying jobs.

    In the town that I work in, El Segundo California, it was just reported that the tiny city (1 mile by 3 miles) has 10 fire captains each getting over $250K/year. The city averages 1 fire every three years! The reason we cannot pay for enough civil servants is because certain union sectors have received over a 100% increase in salary in the last 10 years.

    It is important to stop the bleeding of these jobs, however, if Obama and the Congress really wanted to combat this concern, they would review and regulate the city/state pensions across the United States to ensure that they do not consume a large portion of their budgets. This is the next bubble to burst ... government covering up government's inefficiencies and personal greed!

    When will government get off of the dime and address the real issue? I hope they do it soon because those pensions are only going to consume more and more until the only thing left is to pay for those rediculous pensions and there will be no schools. Perhaps it is time for private education to take over from the cities. At least this way, kids will still be able to get into normal class sizes and not have to pay for those civil servants who are getting extremely comfortable with their fat pensions and where there answer is to raise taxes and to shock the citizens of America by telling them that they are the callous wants who do not want to support education.

    August 10, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Rickster

    This is strictly another union payback, nothing more. Obama is such a useless tool. I can't wait until 2013 when the next president walks into the white house and grabs Obama by the back of his pants and the scruff of his neck and unceremoniously heaves him out the door and into the snow.

    August 10, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Westside

    I don't think the republicans are going to be put back in charge of the mess they created. Iraq cost three trillion. That's where the money went. When they ask where will the money come from, the question to them should be where did the money go.

    August 10, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Good, good, good – having a halfway decent public education is NON-NEGOTIABLE

    August 10, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Shari from Madison WI

    Dale, I hope if you have children you do your part in disciplining your child or children as the teachers are expected to do this while facing the reality that if a teacher disciplines a student the parent/s will sue them. A teacher can't even touch a student even in an innocent way without parents or students complaining about sexual harrasment. If you think teachers have it easy, you really are a fool! I understand your concern about the cost, but what is the cost if we do nothing? Do you only care about your own pocketbook and to h**ll with anyone else?

    August 10, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. W L Jones jones

    What an investment, 160,000 teacher x 30 students to a class x 45 years of taxpaying citizens is as good as it get! dont you think so?

    August 10, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Educate August 10th, 2010 5:26 pm ET

    Educate yourselves, people. This isn't going to add to the debt that you've all become so concerned about since a Democrat is the president. Weird that none of you seemed to care before that. A corporate tax loophole is closed with this bill and that's how it's paid for.
    ...and they couldn't have closed this loophole without giving away $26 billion? Think about it, really. Your point is meaningless. If there are loopholes to close, well then let's close them and use it to help climb out of this awful hole of debt.

    August 10, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Marcus

    Rickster – Your illusions about the behavior of President's Obama sucessor on his inauguration shows how sick you are you are man...
    BTW, Obama's sucessor inauguration will happen in 2017.

    Orlando Patriot – The only part in which I agree with you, without bothering to use my memory or 'Google' to see where you got it wrong about this or that, is 'I know teachers are our future' because I can hardly believe that a 'professor at a local college teaching ECONOMICS' would blame the Dems for the current mess in which the economy finds itself, when the CBO (non-partisan in the case you forgot that) AND CONSERVATIVE economists finally PROVED that the celebrated 'Tax Cuts' were the major cause of the mess.
    If you have any proof that they are wrong...

    August 10, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Leeta


    August 10, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Marcus

    JES – If the Republicans don't know from where the money will come from then here is my suggestion...
    Simple, isn't?

    August 10, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Peter s

    Good Bravo!!! teachers deserves better!

    August 10, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Willa

    The big news here! Is this bill close the loop hole for jobs be shipped oversea companies cannot get the tax break! Made and Paid in America is coming back!

    August 10, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. Chris - Denver

    I'm glad to see so many Republicans with such grave concerns over the deficit. I'm sure that means they will be in favor of letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire.

    August 10, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. independent

    I am surprised the RePubs voted in favor. They have thwarted stimulus spending, held up unemployment checks, delayed implementation of funded activities, and laid off more public employees just to present the worst possible economy to the voters for the upcoming election. It doesn't matter to them that it is the voters they are hurting, as long as they can convince the voters that the problem is democratic policies.

    Shame on the GOP. Electoric, wake up.

    August 10, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. Kevin Collins

    Yeah, ya just gotta love the GOP - no money for keeping public-school teachers but plenty of deficit-contributing tax cuts for the wealthy. Ya just gotta love their sense of moral priorities.

    August 10, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Kmarcel3

    Where in the hell were all of these concerns about fiscal responsibility during the Bush years? Remember there was a federal surplus when he and the Supreme Court crowned him King George...But what about: 1) Tax cuts which have cost the country billions in revenue. 2) Wars (well at least one war) which was completely unnecessary to the safety and security of the United States and 3) an unfunded prescription drug bill...

    And now you want to complain about Health Care, Money from stimulus projects to save jobs, and Money for hard hit states to help save jobs for teachers, firefighters, emergency personnel, police officers, etc.

    Get the hell out of here with that utter nonsense.

    Mr. President, thank you for finally doing something beneficial for Main Street.

    August 10, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Maria

    I thought the $800 billion stimulus was for saving jobs for the teachers, police officers, fire fighters nurses, shovel ready jobs, unemployment would not go above 8%, and on and on...what happend to that money? How many more bail outs are we going to have to save so called jobs? When will this end? How can you believe a word of what these thugs spew?? These are union bail outs. They can spin this any way they want. It is what it is.

    August 10, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    Jes & dale we can't pay for this right. Where is the money coming from. Thats a reasonable question I will give you that. I just need you all to answer my question. Where is all the money for border security coming from? We can't afford it we have to stop spending. Make the people with land on the border pay for there own security and stop spending all of our children money . See how nicely that works.

    August 10, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Voice of Reason

    Mr Boehner – Are you calling the schoolteachers' paychecks "stimulus spending"??

    So i suppose the city workers that filled the pothole in the street in front of my house last week are just part of the 'looney left' taking a ride on the pork-barrel express?

    By the way – REALITY called, and says you need to come home...

    August 10, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "The most dangerous aspect of the private sector is "uncertainty" which Obama has been shoveling non-stop since January 2009. "

    Moron. That should read "The most dangerous aspect of the private sector is "uncertainty" which the GO has done everything in its power to perpetuate since January 2009." The obstructionism and misinformation campaigning and ideological demogoguery coming from the extremists on the right are PRECISELY what has disallowed and comfort or confidence to grow in any sector. They believe there are two ways government works: (1) the GOP/conservatives are in control and do whatever they want OR (2) the Dems/liberals are in control and do whatever the GOP/conservatives want. If neither of those conditions are met, they break government with misinformation, demogoguery and obstruction/filibusters and then point at the liberals and say "look what they did!!!"

    August 10, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. bbrooker

    Orlando Patriot thinks that Obama DOESN'T want the economy to improve??? Because that would solidify a Democratic congress and presidency easily through 2016???????? You sure you didn't mean to say you're a community college "janitor" instead of "professor"??

    August 10, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  24. Naqib

    Union vote buying... pure and simple

    August 10, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  25. Naqib


    Curious how 6 year old tax cuts ruined the economy (2006 was a fantastic year and the cuts happend in 2001)... when a year after the Dems took office (2006) and gave a sub prime loan (Barny Frank and Dodd) to every person making 15K a year, the economy crashed along with 30 Million Foreclosures!

    August 10, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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