White House says aid to teachers will face first Senate vote
October 17th, 2011
11:30 AM ET
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White House says aid to teachers will face first Senate vote

Washington (CNN) - The White House expects Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will announce the first Senate vote on a component of President Obama’s jobs bill that calls for providing aid to teachers and first responders.

“Our expectation [is] that the first measure will be teachers,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One Monday. “I do not want to get ahead of Senator Reid. It is up to Senator Reid. We have been in consolation with him. It is his prerogative and we are very pleased that he will be taking it up.”

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  1. gt

    how about a bill that has teachers working more than 38 wks a year... then talk about more money ... a job that give you off a wk for thanksgiving ,,2 wks christams.. 1 wk spring break .. 10 wks in the summer .. what type of company gives its workers that much time off... all this is a pay back to teachers unions...sorry Harry america knows this is B S.

    October 17, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    President Obama specifically pushed that component in his weekly radio address, saying, “If they vote ‘no’ on that, they’ll have to tell you why. They’ll have to tell you why teachers in your community don’t deserve a paycheck again...
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    For $35,000,000,000.00 of new debt, I think it is up to Obama to make the case for the spending. And no, the lobbying power of the NEA is not an acceptable answer.

    One good case for a NO vote would be," We do not have the money!". Because we don't.

    October 17, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Where is it the federal governments job to pay for teachers and EMTs? That is a local tax burden where I live. Why is the federal government looking to stick their nose into EVERY aspect of daily life and completely usurp and destroy state and local government powers. This country doesn't need a federal dictator.

    October 17, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    What on earth does the right wing have against school teachers?
    I guess they must like classrooms with 35-50 kids in them.

    Oh, I know. The more tax dollars that are diverted from the middle class means more tax dollars available for trickle down economics, which would create a teaching job or two somewhere.

    October 17, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    That should also fail.

    Let's face the truth.......class sizes had dropped by 35%, they had aides and other benefits to get the job done, and it didn't make any difference. No improvement in educational results.

    Second, schools have dropped programs that are actually needed for students who cannot afford college, or can only afford community college, which means no one was learning anything that could be applied to trades.

    Third, teaching, as a profession, is grossly overpopulated. Most people are unaware, that many of those graduating from college, with a teaching degree, could not find a teaching position, BEFORE the depression. The field is very over saturated.

    The states don't have the funding to continue to spend so much, with such low benefit. That's the bottom line. cuts would have had to happen anyway, and no temporary funding will last more than a year, and they will NOT hire on that basis.

    This would simply waste more taxpayer dollars, and accomplish NOTHING.

    October 17, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. mannycl

    Is this all the Democrasts can do? The comments of 'gt' about benefits icnluding all those week holidays, vacations, spring break, and on and on to satisfy the unsatiable unions is the best description of why not to throw more money to these people. Regular people don't get all those benefits.
    Our educational system sucks and it is not for lack of money. If you compare the expenditures per student compared to other countries it is all a joke. We invest more and the results are so poor that we should be ashamed. The problem is not lack of spending but accountability and quality of education.

    October 17, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    OK, so why just teachers and EMTs??? Aren't ALL unemployed people worthy of a full paying government job, just like these people? Where is the plan from Mr. Fair to put all 15 million unemployed people on the government payroll? Let's go for it, who cares about the cost. We'll just steal it from all those rich people and companies. Prety soon, we'll ALL end up on the government payroll and then the leftists will be happy, just like all the people in the old Soviet Union were happy, and starving, and poor, while their government masters lived high off the hog.

    October 17, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Victoria avgam54

    I can't wait to see what happens. If the gop votes no (again) then they are against educating our kids today, to help the america of tomorrow. It will show that they clearly don't understand the bricks of our american foundation or what the majority of americans want. For the sake of the country GOP do not vote no on this.

    October 17, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    What on earth does the right wing have against school teachers?
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    Where is it the federal government's job to pay for local school teachers? What strings come attached to these funds? Will the federal government be paying their salary forever?

    October 17, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    As the mother of a teacher, I'm curious to see who will vote against this component of the Jobs Bill.

    October 17, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Kathy

    Having worked in the public school system for over fifteen years I have seen the waste. The public school system will tell you they are raising your taxes, "for the children" which couldn't be further from the truth. More like raising your taxes to pay these superintendents their obscene salaries, paying unqualified teachers to teach our children. This jobs bill is about votes for Obama....nothing more, nothing less.

    October 17, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. vet in texas

    @Four and The Door

    President Obama specifically pushed that component in his weekly radio address, saying, “If they vote ‘no’ on that, they’ll have to tell you why. They’ll have to tell you why teachers in your community don’t deserve a paycheck again...
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________
    For $35,000,000,000.00 of new debt, I think it is up to Obama to make the case for the spending. And no, the lobbying power of the NEA is not an acceptable answer.

    One good case for a NO vote would be," We do not have the money!". Because we don't.
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    Four we do have the money................if we stop giving subsidies to the oil companies who support Perry, and the farming subsidies which Bachmann gets........or we could stop giving the money to all of the private contractors whom have made billions over billions........I know, I know, Rush tells you this is ALL about unions and we shouldn't give it to them because they donate heavily to the democrats, but the part Rush won't and doesn't tell you is the unions who give heavily to republicans.............I'll give you a hint, they got a waiver in Wisconsin......

    October 17, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Peace

    Victoria avgam54 wrote:

    "I can't wait to see what happens. If the gop votes no (again) then they are against educating our kids today, to help the america of tomorrow".

    Oh! Victoria, have you not noticed that what you mentioned is not GOP concern. What they always talk is: "we don't want to leave the huge debt to our children and grandchildren". With them money comes first of anything. With others education is more important than leaving kids with mega money.

    October 17, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:
    Where is it the federal government's job to pay for local school teachers?
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    In case you didn't notice, following the sucker punch elections in 2010, Republican governers and Republican controlled state legislatures enacted all sorts of tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. After enacting the tax cuts, they suddenly realized, "Oh, gee. We have XX million/billion dollar budget deficit. We need to cut the budget. Let's cut education."

    By killing middle class jobs, that will suck money out of the middle class. Less middle class spending, means less demand, which means slower jobs growth, which means higher unemployment, which means Republicans are manufacturing new problems instead of fixing the one we already have.

    October 17, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    One of the great successes of the GOP House this year has been to get a reduction of $100 billion on the 2011 Federal Budget. Obama will continue the pressure to increase spending but I am confident Speaker Boehner and the House Republicans will stay focused and continue the excellent job they have been doing getting spending back in control.

    October 17, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Minnesota ranked ninth in the nation in 2006, with 68 percent of the state's 2005-2006 high school graduates enrolling in college directly from high school. "

    While the stats listed above have taken a toll on our taxes - in the past twenty years my school district has had one, sometimes two, school tax levy's going simultaneously - it's been worth it. My adult children benefited in their childhood school years from excellence in teaching here in Minnesota, and I am proud to be able to continue ensuring that my grandchildren also have the best public education available.

    October 17, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. vic , nashville ,tn

    Can we take our nation in right direction attacking teachers? NO

    Indian government intends to deliver 10 million tablets computers to students one tablets computer cost $35 it was world news

    Don’t blame Silicon Valley when they request more HB1 visas when we don’t want to invest in education
    Our education system failed because of our curriculum teachers do what they ask them to teach

    October 17, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Durundal

    People wonder why the federal government tries to intervene in 'local' education of states. People see it as the states issue to provide rather than the federal. Then people patently ignore all the bible thumping states who try to teach creationism and religion instead of science and reason, and then b1tch when they end up without a marketable skill, or one that traps them at the bottom of the market. Still wonder why there is federal oversight and regulation as to the rigour, content, and environment of our educational system? Sure the current system is far from perfect, and there does exist the usual couple percent of teachers who are incompetent and milking it, but even an austrian would tell you that the government is there to provide for services which the normal market process would not allocate or provide for properly.

    October 17, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    vic , nashville ,tn
    Can we take our nation in right direction attacking teachers? NO
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    So you call NOT borrowing another $35 billion " ...attacking teachers"?
    I would call borrowing $35 billion for new spending when we already have $ 15 trillion of downgraded debt already on the books attacking the American taxpayer. Why was this $35 billion not on the federal budget if it was so necessary? What happened?

    October 17, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "What on earth does the right wing have against school teachers?"

    They vote for Dems for the most part. If they want funding for schools and their jobs, then they need to vote GOP. That is the clear message the GOP is sending. If a group of some sort is unionized or otherwise organized and supports Dem/liberal policies, then the GOP automatically views any government funding to that group of individuals, including things like tax breaks or deductions/loopholes, as nothing more than "payoffs to the Dems' supporters." Ergo, they convince themselves through twisted, backwards, unreasoning rationalizations that things like improvements to school buildings, educations systems and funding for creating more teaching jobs are "nothing more than a union payoff"...same with improvements to failing road systems and bridges. It's all code for "well, if you'd jsut stop unionizing and exercising your right to peaceably assemble...and if you'd vote for us, THEN we'd maybe consider doing the right thing, but not until then." What it means is that the GOP is only interested in doing what's right when it would benefit themselves, but never when it benefits the "other side."

    The GOP <-- This is why we can't have nice things.

    October 17, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Ray

    Class warfare? The middle class lost the war.. Republicans now want to buryi the middle class RIP

    October 17, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. RAV

    Before you criticize teachers and days of work for them, go and be one, and work 24/7 every single day because that is the way it is with teachers, then you can say that they do not do the work. Held parents accountable for not helping their children with homework. When you are a teacher parents expect you to educate their children not just about the subject but about everything, they almost want you to go home with their children and be the nanny and help them with homework and you are responsible 100%. Then with the standardized, paying those billion of dollars to a company that the owner is Bush brother..................laughable! Now we have a new standardized test (Texas) that is costing a fortune, and teachers teaching to the test.....................TERRIBLE I'm sure people do not say a word about doctors that play with human health and are extremely expensive, as well as attorneys, members of congress and etc etc etc, teachers do not get pay for what they do not work do not be stupid, they just get paid 187 days a year. If you think that they payment is good think twice. A teacher after 13 years of service get 47,250 per year and there are districts that they have not pay a rise for three years in a row......................but health insurance 200% rise.

    October 17, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    mannycl wrote:
    Our educational system sucks and it is not for lack of money. If you compare the expenditures per student compared to other countries it is all a joke.
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    It is not the teacher's salaries that are the problem. It is the administrators salaries. It is the unfunded pensions, most of which took a BIG hit during the 2008 financial crisis. Many state pensions invested their money into Wall Street, hoping to make a profit to add to their state's general fund. When your 401k took a major hit, you lost. When the state pension money took a similar hit, guess who has to make up the difference. The state must make up for the money they lost making high risk investments, instead of making safe low risk investments like they were supposed to do.

    October 17, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. tom

    HA>>HA>>>HA>>> some joke. A joke about killing people with a electric fence to stop them from attempting to have a better life is no joke. Cain has a crazy sense of humor and the "It will kill you" so-called joke, is not the first time he has said "That was a joke". I'm afraid of people who tell mean jokes that don't make me laugh and wonder why they would make anyone laugh.The people laughing in the video to me are "Scary People". Cain has a some-what morbid sense of humor.. Knock-Knock-....Who's Their....?

    October 17, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. TEA PARTY MIKE

    If State and local governments want to hire more teachers and police and fireman let them raise state and local taxes. This is a state issue not a Federal. State governments can raise taxes just like the Federal. Let any state that wants to raise taxes for more teachers or more of anything funded by the states do so if they wish. Why does the Federal govenrment have to do this? This is just about Obama and Democrats getting more funding from public unions.

    October 17, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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