July 19th, 2010
08:13 PM ET
12 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. Marcus

    Never understood how it was possible to 'tie' to a law stuff that had nothing to do with that law.
    The law is about money for the wars. I don't like those wars, Afghanistan should have ended a long long time ago and there was no real deal justification (except for a bunch of lies!) for the war in Iraq.
    But, there's people out there fighting for this country. Good people.
    A few bad apples, yeah, A FEW, but that's not a good reason to disrespect the vast majority of good fellas doing the job.
    And for they do the job the money is very much needed. So... cut the strings and vote the money for them!!!

    July 19, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. phoenix86

    Cut Obamacare and spend it on education. Based on the liberal loons out there, the US truely needs it.

    July 19, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  3. Johnny

    Do not cut education funding from the bill. If Republicans want to vote no go ahead. If there is no critical war funding it will be because of Republcans who do not support the troops. Dems do not give in let the Republicans sweat and have to explain toto the American people why they voted against military funding.....

    July 19, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  4. vwrtb

    Money for war and oil but not those evil teacher unions! Shame on us! Republicans are disgusting! Unions are the middle class!

    July 19, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  5. No democrats, please

    Cut the 'Race to the Top' until we actually have money. Running a deficit is completely stupid.

    July 19, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |

    This is more idiot ideals. To not fund schooling is a tragic loss of brain power. No pun intended. But to not give the schools and teachers they need is death to education. We are already one of the lowest rated educational systems in the world. This is sad when we should be a leader. But if you would do your research schools and education went down the drain once segregation was implemented. Standards dropped so certain individuals could catch up. Well how many years has it been. They have still not caught up. Go back to the old system. Let the Independent school systems govern themselves. And run their schools off their tax dollars.

    July 19, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  7. Uncle Sam

    There's a heck of an idea. Is it the War on Stupidity? A war spending bill is for the military not domestic spending.

    What happened to transparency and stopping pork barrel projects? Oh that was to get elected.

    July 19, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  8. bob in iraq

    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.

    "only 700 million to secure our border"..is this a joke, 5 billion for Pell grants for who the Illegal crossing our boarders? 1 Billion for summer jobs? 700 million to secure our borders, this congress is a JOKE.

    July 19, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  9. Terry - Indiana

    The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are draining vital revenue that could be used in a constructive manner here at home. Anyone who believes the United States is required to be the watchdog of the world needs to spend more time at the library or on the internet researching the history of other failures when outsiders entered these countries to insert change. The Congress and Senate should pull the plug on funding and force the POTUS to bring the troops home. If the House and Senate fail to act, then money should be set aside for the new Iraq/Afghanistan War Memorial is Washington. Please stop the madness !

    July 19, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  10. jules sand-perkins

    Money cannot solve our educational problems.
    The only thing that could solve it would be school pupils' understanding that it is THEIR responsibility to learn, and that without their successful education they are doomed to a life of dire poverty.
    Now pupils are only aware that, without learning anything, they are destined for a life of endless welfare checks and public housing.
    So what's wrong with our educational system?

    July 19, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  11. Sandy123

    We the people are getting sooo tired of the lies. Yes Muslim Barack Hussein Obama, alias Barry Soetoro has lied about funding abortion.

    What ever happened to the promise, "Abortion will not be funded by taxpayers money."

    July 20, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  12. ruty

    Why not make Bush and Cheney pay for the war- -they started it. What a waste of money. We can build schools in Iraq and boast their economy but in our own country we are laying off teachers and doubling up the class room size. Just today Hillary Clinton wants to give Pakistan half a billion dollars while unemployed people here are having their unemployment checks stopped. Only in america!!!!!!!!!!

    July 20, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  13. Richard

    Minority Leader John Boehner and/or Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) need to show their peers that they can lead...... Both Senators from Maine and now Senator Brown have been acting more like Dem's then Republicans; all three have become puppets with Senator Reid being the puppet master.... Show us life-time republicans that you are capable of leading the Republicans under your leadership..... The three mentioned Senators either need to get on board or declare themselves as Dem's..... RC

    July 20, 2010 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  14. gailjames

    Fixing our education problems should be at the top of the list. Why are we putting hobby wars and nation building ahead of our American future?

    July 20, 2010 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  15. Donkey Party

    Leave it to the GOP to fillibuster education. Heaven forbid the dumber portion of our populace gain any knowledge and see the GOP for the America-hating sub-humans they are.

    July 20, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  16. Greenspam

    Give billions for killing ok... give billions to education not ok... I see.

    July 20, 2010 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
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