August 10th, 2010
06:15 PM ET
4 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. gpc

    So we're saving teacher positions. Why is it that when the ax falls it's always on education? I say we cut congressional pensions first. Then we lay off government employees. Only as a last resort should we go after education. I'm hoping for real change in November.

    August 10, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Maria

    GI Joe: With the exception of the "birther" non sence, everything else is true!!

    August 10, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. Voice of Reason

    August 10th, 2010 5:20 pm ET

    So, let me get this straight, if you are a member of a communist union, Obumma throws you a life vest to keep you from getting laid off. If you are a non-union worker who was laid off, then you swim with the sharks...

    And the taxpayers fund this non-sense.

    Hmmmm
    ____________________________

    So let me get this straight... Teachers = Communists? I guess you can say that, just be careful not to ROLL YOUR EYES when you do...

    Also – good to see that you haven't been affected by any of those Commies. You obviously never saw the inside of a classroom.

    August 10, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. You've Got To Be Kidding Me!

    Unions! What about the rest of us? We're supposed to prop these people's jobs up when our own are in jeopardy? We're supposed to pay for their insurance to include Viagra when our own doesn't? No way!

    August 10, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. JES

    It's funny how the Dem's keep blaming the Repub's when how long have they had control of both houses.

    Get a grip spending is out of control and all you can do is play the blame game.

    How about having leadership in DC that can solve problems not create more.

    I don't care what party you are for our people in DC just don't listen or care what's going on in the real world.

    How much was that little trip tyo Spain cost the tax payers and all the basketball players. We have a rock star in office not a leader no matter what party he is from.

    August 10, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. Reborn

    GOP + Tea Party = something for nothing crowd.

    August 10, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. spanglish

    As usual the President Obama rewarding the Unions, the bill should include a clause for non-union members, they ostracized , they bother them, they persecute them etc.,
    There are many teachers that worth a penny and the unions will protect them, no wonder the education in the US has gone far back in relation with other countries. It is not the quantity of teachers, it is the quality of the teachers.

    August 10, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. Patriot

    Yeah...those "special interest" teachers are no better than the Goldman Saks fellas or the AIG crowd, not to speak of BP and the rest of the Energy Lobby-oh-and the NRA as well...yeah...teachers,,,can't trust 'em farther than you can throw 'em....

    And their are Americans who are proud of these Republican clowns?

    August 10, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. hjs3

    Repubnicans and characterization of this legislation is intentionally
    misaccurate.....

    SHAMEFUL

    August 10, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. Reborn

    How about cutting military spending? Or start billing other countries for protecting their interests.

    What I' I saying the GOP wants the support of low informational voters. Nevermind, let's keep everything the same as it was in 2006.

    August 10, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. Huh?

    I just love the uneducated childlike comments.

    Hey, GI Joe. Where is your proof that all republicans hate teachers?
    I am a registered Republican, I have a parent and a sister who are teachers. Guess what Joe? They are republicans also. Many of thier friends at work are republicans, all teachers or teacher aides.

    Yes, we are a small town school in the middle of nowhere, but it seems with all your research and education, you have determined republicans hate teachers.

    I thinky our the one who needs to educate yourself. This was not about hating teachers. The opposition is simply, where int he hell will this country pay for this? Where will the funds come from?

    What about the teachers union who is fighting for the right for the teachers to get VIAGRA from this government money?????
    Sounds like we wont be the only ones getting screwed by that fight.

    I read a report of another teacher union that voted to not work because they would not get a raise for one year. Guess what? I have worked 6 of the last 8 years without raises.

    So,, it is not about hating teachers,,, it is about the debt that congress and the president are running deeper and deeper.

    August 10, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Sue

    I don't hate teachers, I don't hate firemen or the police. I respect them all and think they deserve fair pay. Considering how "Stimulus money" was abused for ridiculous pet projects, I'm curious to find out where this money is going. Yes I am a Conservative and proud of it. Considering there are so many wasted jobs in government start by cutting their salaries and benefits. Heck that was what the private sector employers have had to do. Both Republicans & Democrats alike have abused their power over the years but we cannot bail everyone and everything out. This administration has come up with some lame brain ideas that have put us deeper into an overwhelming debt.. Just ask those car dealership employers who were forced to close their doors to save the industry....funny how they are now says.....oops that was a mistake and they should have remained open. The Health Care Reform bill is no more going to reform health care than this jobs bill will create or save jobs.

    August 10, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. Gerry NH

    Lets save these 160,000 overpaid union jobs. To hell with the 8.5 million people that have lost there jobs. We don't want to pass something to help them.

    August 10, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. Tina, NC

    The bill also saves the jobs of firefighters and police, but I guess the repubs don't care if their house burns down or someone breaks into it as long as big business can keep getting their tax breaks for shipping their jobs overseas.

    August 10, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. Tony T

    LMAO. The loons pay another special interest group off. AND $16 billion for states to cover Medicaid. When the healthcare disaster goes into effect (which is probably never either shot down as unconstitutional or repealed before then) the states will need ten times that much to pay for that charlie foxtrot. hat a disgusting mess the administration and congress in. 3 more months and we can kick the loons to the curb.

    August 10, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Now pass a bill demanding that teachers teach and that parents participate in their child's lives. If they don't – defund them both- no tax credits for having children and no pay for bad teaching.

    August 10, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. Tony T

    Yes another brilliant idea, now just let the tax cuts for the "wealthy" expire and watch unemployment zoom to 13%. Then the loons will want to extend UE for the next 10 years, trying to redistribute more wealth. Stop UE and Welfare for nothing. Plenty of grass to be cut, oil to be picked up, hospital volunteers, trash picked up etc. Once you stop paying people to do NOTHING and they have to earn their keep, the country will get stronger. Counting the days until this congress starts to get fixed. What a mess.

    August 10, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Louis

    Let face it, the REPTHUGS hate union members and anyone who works for a living!!! Democrats need to wake up and sent a clear message to them come November. We do not need Republican REDUX again!!!

    August 10, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. D. Bunker

    It's a shame all the teatards here don't understand basic accounting. The pension obligations are just that: OBLIGATIONS! They need to be paid and if they aren't there WILL be cuts at all levels. How many of you idiots would be happy if your company suddenly told you your pension was gone? I realize more and more companies are trying to pull that stunt, but cutting retirees off at the knees is NOT a pathway to a better future. It's a pathway to an even weaker middle class. This is your GOBPbagging party at work: attacking average Americans in service to their corporate masters.

    August 10, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. tammy

    Finally, teachers can say thank you to our federal government. Not since the GI Bill and the Pell Grant has the House given the slightest acknowledgement to the education of its citizens.

    August 10, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. Hendrik

    @GI Joe,

    You are right.

    VOTE NO TO THE PARTY OF NO IN NOVEMBER.

    August 10, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. S. C. C.

    As a retired teacher please vote NO to the party of No in November.
    What is wrong with the Republican Party? These are government
    workers – Do you want teachers out on the street – yes you do
    so Obama can have his Waterloo. You are not hurting President
    Obama you are hurting the teachers, firepersons, police persons
    and of those people who make our cities viable.

    Do you hate Pres. Obama that much?

    August 10, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  23. rob

    The Dems are already running ads claiming republicans voted to lay-off teachers. 26 BILLION for an election year payoff to unions and good ads to smear opponents, how disgusting these people are.

    The only things Dems know how to do well is spend money to buy votes and then lie about their opponents accusing them of not being "For teachers or First Responders"

    August 10, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The teacher's unions thank you for your most generous pay-off!

    I hope the Senate is less for sale.

    August 10, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. DVA

    The more educated the people, the less Republicans can pollute the air with their ignorance. Here is to the students of the future who deserve a good education, taught by good teachers. Perhaps some of the Republicans in Congress and Senate and those running for these offices could use some very needed education. Enough of those illiterate talking heads who only know how to redicule the personal aspects of people. Educated people will not fail, as Limbaugh wishes. Those of his ilk will fail in the end when more educated people become the leaders after those OWM (old white men) are out of the picture.

    August 10, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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