August 4th, 2010
02:01 PM ET
13 years ago

House to return from summer break next week, Pelosi says

Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives be will be called back into session next week to take up a $26 billion bill designed in part to help avoid teacher layoffs, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday.

"As millions of children prepare to go back to school - many in just a few days - the House will act quickly to approve this legislation once the Senate votes," Pelosi said Wednesday.

"I am calling members of the House back to Washington at the beginning of the week to pass this bill and send it to President Obama without further delay."

The House began its summer break last week and was not expected to return until mid-September.

House Democratic leaders began discussing the unusual move after the Senate unexpectedly advanced the state assistance bill on Wednesday.

The House needs to approve the measure before it can go to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

House Republican leaders characterized the House plan as the latest step in an agenda rejected by the public.

"The American people don't want more 'stimulus' spending - particularly spending for labor unions attached to a job-killing tax increase," said Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.

"Democrats would be better off listening to their constituents, who are asking, 'Where are the jobs,' rather than returning to Washington, D.C. to vote for more tax hikes and special interest bailouts."

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  1. mark

    Thats right, to hell with education. Just what we need more uneducated people that will find it difficult to find good paying jobs when the enter the work force. Does Michael Steel actually think before he speaks?

    August 4, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "...advanced a measure that would send states over $26 billion to avoid teacher layoffs..."

    You mean "...advanced a measure that would provide another $26 billion payoff to to teachers unions to encourage them to continue to vote Democratic..."?

    August 4, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    The no-good republicans keep saying the people want ......

    Well - I don't want them obstructing any more, but they don't listen to the majority of us.

    Vote out the GObP in NOVEMBER.

    The bigots do NOT speak for the majority of Americans that I know.

    August 4, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    Make the lazy and useless party of "NO" get to work and earn their pay checks. Put an end their lazy strike!!
    If the Repubs won't work at least ruin some of their summer.

    Steel is a complete moron, and his arrogance is so stypical for the Repubs. Why do they think they are the only ones who know what the American people want?? Because of a biased Fox media or Rasmussen poll?
    Who put them in charge?
    Wait a minute, they aren't in charge they lost the election – screw them.

    Arrogant self-rightous social parasites is what the Repubs are. They don't care what we want, all they care about is what is good for corporate America. They think if corporate America is happy then all is good in the world. Well corporate America was happy 2000-2008, and that time sucked for US.

    August 4, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. stevegee

    With Obama and the Democrats, it's like a group of hoodlums broke into our home, locked the door, ransacked the place, and then taunted us through the windows.

    Wake up people! In November, vote American, vote Republican.

    August 4, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. dre

    The so-called one in four "birthers" are RACISTS!! Of course they beiieve this "Obama was born in a foreign country" crap!!

    August 4, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Florida Joe

    Yeah right Boner.....Forget those teachers and service cut backs...Just pass a few more tax cuts or extend them for the rich..........We can only hope the good folks in the Ohio 8th will one day rid the Congress of this DO NOTHING..............

    August 4, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    So lets see if we don't pass it we loose jobs if we do pass it we add to paper deficit ad allow teachers who are responsible for hour children education to keep there jobs hmm which makes sense

    August 4, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. Marty, FL

    Good to see this Congress continue to put work responsibilities first even ahead of vacations.

    It is beyond comprehension how Republican "leaders" (& I use the term loosely) could say putting our state priorities first to SAVE jobs is somehow "rejected." Nonsense.

    August 4, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Does it make sense to pass this bill AFTER opens for the fall term?

    August 4, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. kyle from ohio

    Allowing an un-paid borrowed from China Tax cut to expire is not a Tax increase; It's called setting the rate back. Quit being so dishonest Boehner. You are Lying about the TAX Cut and what the general public wants, but you do know what Big Business wants. thank you very much.

    Futhermore the House should make sure the Teachers and Public Safety is intacted, During this tough times for the States

    August 4, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Greg Smith

    Yes, the public is asking "where are the jobs" but the complete question is "where are the jobs that the republicans lost with high priced unpaid for wars, unpaid for medicare prescription plan, tax cuts for the rich, and deregulation of the financial industry." The answer is that it is going to take effort and time to rebuild what they lost and they aren't interested in participating in the re-building process for the disaster they created.

    August 4, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Rushs unseen, unheard, staff are the people he has callin to his show

    Make them all stay or quit.

    August 4, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. phoenix86

    Nancy Pelosi's responding to her Teachers Union masters.

    August 4, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Gary

    I`d call them back and make them sit there. The Republicans act more like children than adults.

    August 4, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. adam

    Why not just call it what it is: The beginning of a long string of soon-to-be "bailed out" bankrupt states... I like how Reid says this isn't "adding to the deficit." Sorry, when you're allocating funds that could be used to PAY DOWN debt, you're essentially adding to the deficit... and if public edu-makation and medicaid are in a state of bankruptcy the problems are the programs themselves, not simply the "lack of funds." Medicare/medicaid/Social Security are blatant ponzi schemes that Madoff would be proud of, and the National Education Administration is a behemoth bureaucracy that only produces dumber kids with an astonishingly large pricetag. Anyone ever consider hitting the reset switch? Paris Hilton has proved that throwing money at someone doesn't make them smarter. My oh my how I love the propaganda machine! More fine reporting from our ministry of "mainstream media."

    August 4, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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