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. joe

    Whilethismay do something for teachers, do any of you understand the 90Millin going to the Teachers Credit Union?? Sure you arent and really do not care. That is the problem with bills like this. Things are taxed on and nobody recognizes them. Now myabe the teachers in R I can get Viagra again as part of their medical plan. This is another payback to Unions that are getting deeper and deeper into the ObamaAdministration....

    August 10, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. Orlando Patriot

    Marcus,

    Just proves you know nothing about the economy. The Tax Cuts had NOTHING to do with the recession. Did the economy grow because of the tax cuts? Absolutely!! When the economy grows so does revenues (which it did). However, government SPENT the additional revenue PLUS SOME!! Both Democrats AND Republicans. Tax Cuts had NOTHING to do with the economy decline OR the deficits. Government SPENDING created the deficits. Less government and more private sector is a recipe for success WHENEVER it has been used. I suggest you actually take an economics course before you try to imply you know anything about how an economy works.

    August 10, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. one voice

    Thank you President Obama for slowly cleaning up the huge mess left by the Bush/Cheney resime.

    August 10, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. usualone

    Hope the PA teachers who benefit from this do not strike. It is still upsetting to live in this state to learn that teachers strike. In our prior state teachers did not strike, and that state had among the best public schools in the USA.

    August 10, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. Not fooled

    People just get out there and VOTE. It doesn't cost you a cent and can make a huge difference. You can pound these keys all day and not get through. Gibbs had a bad day. Haven't you ever had a bad day?

    VOTE - that's how you get back at Republicans and the rich !!

    Liberals can't have everything but with Republicans we will get NOTHING!

    August 10, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. Got-a-laugh

    So teachers are non-negotiable. Fire-fighters are non-negotiable. Police officers are non-negotiable. The military is non-negotiable (no serious cuts there). This is like an irresistible force on an immovable object. What gives then?

    August 10, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. mother and sister of soldiers

    Did it ever occur that just maybe, there would not be such a burdon if teachers could live with less during these hard economic times? My school district raised its taxes 10.5% this year in a primarily blue collar town, no industry to drive taxes from and a town with many have no jobs. Do teachers really need the raises and benefits not seen by any other professional at a time when people cannot feed their families? I am sure Souderton, Pa schools needed that astro turf football field paid for by the citizens. The children need education and I think the school boards and teachers need to get their priorities in order and use their money wisely. They have an obligation to the tax payers who pay their salaries. Should a French teacher be getting a yearly pension of 90k? Should a teacher tell me that "too bad if you can't afford the taxes....move to the mountains where it is cheaper". Love their arrogance and lack of compassion. The teachers need to be overhauled like everything else Obama has touched but...that's right, he is supported by their union!

    August 10, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  8. Donnatella

    This bill will not add one penny to the deficit, what are all you teabaggers complaining about, you want the whole country to be dumb like you so they will keep voting republican even though it is against your best interest. Idiots

    August 10, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  9. Ray E. (Georgia)

    The latest report is the economy is in a weak recovery. Not very good news for all those out of work. The people voted for this mess over the years. Some are saying it isn't as bad as some think. The unemployment numbers stayed the same last month. Keep those democrats in power. Who cares if the National debt doubles over the next few years. You won't have a job anyway. But you will learn how to work once again. Real Work. Think about it.
    Of course the Republicians say if you want it there it is. You have all the tools. There are reports the 40 million are on Food Stamps. If thing are no better that the last 40 years it is time to try something else. But people will ride a good horse to death. We will have to hit bottom before some of you get the message. Good luck.

    August 10, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. Keith in Austin

    Bottom line: another 26 Billion that we don't have to pay back NEA and unions for their past and future votes for Liberal Democrats! Nothing more!

    Liberals have cost our education system billions in politically self-embolding waste! Liberals have endorsed counterproductive policies like; replacing our grading system with "pass or fail" programs, mandatory courses on eubonics, costly after school programs playing basketball, mandated wages based on tenure rather than performance,school board lofty salaries and pension plans etc.etc. All having nothing to do with the 3 Rs.
    I want EVERY hard-working teacher to earn an equitible wage but we need Liberal Beaurocrats out of our schools so Teachers can Teach!
    No wonder the end-result is American
    kids graduating that can hardly read! Typical Liberal BS and when the end-product is unsatisfactory, their answer is Throw more money at the problem vs. Fixing the root cause!

    No wonder Peloser and her swamp-filled left wing ilk in the House have an National Approval Rating of only 11 percent (lowest in history)

    They are spending like crack addicts because their days are truly numbered!!

    August 10, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. David

    A bribery to the teacher unions. The unions are for Obama what the oil industry was for Bush.... no change

    August 10, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    All state governors (both dems and rethugs) were begging for this much needed money. Too bad their buddies in congress didn't feel the same.
    This bill will also keep jobs in the US. No wonder the rethugs (except for two of them) didn't want it to go through. They are in the pockets of the big corporations and how are they going to make money under the table if the jobs come back to the US.
    BTW – this might help the democrats come November. We are talking teachers, firemen, policemen and others who will now be able to keep their jobs thanks to the democrats.
    Boner should go play some golf. He's selling himself as the next speaker of the house. Can you imagine having to look at that ugly orange more than we already do. Ohio get rid of him!!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  13. Greater Good

    At what point did it become so "hip" to drag teachers through the mud?
    Why are they more deserving of scorn than corporate honchos who rake in big bonuses and move American jobs overseas. Incredible that Repubs shed tears over corporate tax loopholes being closed to help pay for this legislation, while steaming over good, honest Americans (police, firefighters, nurses, and, yes, teachers) maintain their jobs. Really, who do these members of congress think they represent?

    August 10, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Wake up people. This has nothing to do with teachers, He could care less. This is payback to a union that supported him.

    August 10, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  15. ted

    The Grand Obstructionist Party hates teachers, the unemployed, the uninsured. But they love the wealthy and want to cut their taxes more.

    August 10, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  16. darko

    This isn't keeping teachers from being laid off...it's paying the states to pay the crazy pensions of public servants. You know...those guys making WAY more than their counterparts in the private sector. The ones that states can't afford, yet are steadily increasing in payouts...

    Anytime funding is short, they always threaten with teacher, firefighter and police cuts!

    How about public employees get with the 401 contribution matching like the rest of America and retire at a decent age with a decent income.

    August 10, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  17. German,IrishAmerican

    Saved the teachers jobs? There was ABSOLUTELY NO other places that states could cut expenses except teachers? How stupid the Obama lovers are.

    You really think he will cut food stamps and energy assistance to pay for this buyout? Please! If their messiah told them to jump off a bridge, there is no doubt they would do it.

    This is payback and vote buying with taxpayer dollars to the unions. While Obama is buying teacher union votes, non union teachers working with special needs and abused children through NCLB are losing their jobs because of the cut funding for these children under Obama.

    But, the truly stupid supporters, and the lying MSM will continue to cover for the most racially divisive, bigoted, partisan President in the history of the United States.

    August 10, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  18. Layla

    This is nothing but a union pay off. If anything, the money the unions will be receiving takes away from what teachers receive.

    This money will go directly to the unions, where money will be skimmed off the top to go for reelecting Democrats, all on the taxpayers dime.

    These people all belong in prison for the money they are stealing from the American people.

    Nov. 2, Election Day.

    August 10, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  19. darko

    Wow, Marcus... please enlighten us with this huge discovery, by the CBO of all sources, that states that tax cuts caused this mess.

    Social engineering and Congressional fiscal policies caused this mess.

    those 'horrible' tax cuts, the ones that INCREASED tax revenue, were the reason unemployment was below 5% and the reason we got out of the Clinton and 9/11 recession so quickly.

    August 10, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  20. USN

    Can't have gov /union workers lose like us ! Must protect !

    August 10, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  21. Donkey Party

    To every one of you idiot Conservatards that say "piling debt on our grandchildren", shut your effing mouths! You want the Bush tax cuts to continue for the wealthy, which will give your idiot grandchildren another 3 trillion of debt!!! Wake the eff up, the GOP hates you, you're just a know-nothing pawn to them.

    August 10, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. sam

    Finally, perhaps one of the most important bills gets signed into law!
    Education must be one of the top priorities of any government. Of course, the Repugnants, whores that they are, work for the elite and it's in their interests to attempt to keep Americans dumbed down so that they can plunder to their little cold dark heart's content.
    It's should be very obvious to most sane, intelligent people that Obama is doing the right things to get America back on its feet, after the Puppet's disastrous 8 years in the WH. Bravo, Obama!

    August 10, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. Willy Brown

    Barry signs bill to pay off Union Bosses. Nice....

    August 10, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  24. Ohio Dem

    I hope that won us a bunch of votes in November... Hey, if it got you an extra 100,000 votes, that only cost you $260,000 per vote...

    August 10, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  25. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Keep up the good work Mr. President

    August 10, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
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