August 4th, 2010
02:01 PM ET
12 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. Naqib

    Oh yea...
    Get everyone back in here... Got to protect the Union prior to November... Heaven forbid they should have to take a pay cut amid a failing economy...

    You guys are so done come November.... maybe you could get a teaching job?

    August 4, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    They had better come back and throw some more money at this thing. The "Summer of Recovery" is obviously not happening and all of these inevitable job cuts will not play well for the Democrats in November. Better borrow some more money from our children so that they have a teacher when they get back from summer vacation.

    August 4, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Len

    Yes, they should return. Business needs to be completed. We cannot lay off teachers. Education is our number one priority. Our students are behind. We are 12th out of 20 industrial nations in graduating college students.

    August 4, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    How can one party (R) who represents so few people, speak for the majority of Americans. The GOP baggers have no credibility, although I am impressed with their ability to lie and misrepresent facts with a straight orange face.

    August 4, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. gt

    you know the teachers union will be there with the hands out ,,, how about lets work 12 months instead of 9 so you earn your check...

    August 4, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Peggy - TX

    In addition to keeping the standards for education high, this money will bolster the local economy as teachers tend to spend their income and the money will then repeatedly circulate in the economy helping generate a demand for goods and services that will help create or keep jobs. As a result, a good percentage will come back to the federal Government, states and cities by way of taxes and less unemployment support.

    Unlike the 3 trillion dollar Tax cut by Bush for the top 2% wage earners whom are much more likely to buy stocks then spend. To some extent, this results in the price of stocks being inflated over their worth which further destabilizes the economy and does not create the demand for products and services that stimulates job growth.

    August 4, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. DENNA

    Boehner and Steel don't have any idea what the American people want. They only care about that they don't want, and what they want is to continually put up roadblocks in the president's way. Try governing for a change. If you are so smart why don't YOU tell the American public where the jobs are. Do you even know? I didn't think so!

    August 4, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. steve

    NO MORE DEBT... let the states figure it out... I thought we didnt want anymore debt... wow... vote those people out of office.. who needs the feds in our lives this much.... end that other big socialist program called ssn... let me take care of my own retirement with the feds stealing the money.....

    send those folks in congress to iraq and have them walk and look for ieds....

    vote them all out..

    August 4, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. zago

    Those stupid republicans saying that the American people are asking where are the jobs should know the answer to this very basic question.

    The JOBS were killed in the Last Eight Years and Now The Democrats Are Trying To Stop the Killing and Evantually Will Make them Come Back Again Regardless Republican Opposition To Every Legislative INITIATIVE.

    NO NO NO cannot be a policy

    Stupids: You Killed The JOBS

    August 4, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. normajean

    Michael Steele ,speaking for John Boehner, now there's a pair of usless human beings. Steele talks and says nothing and Boehner only knows one word"NO" .I for one am sick to death of the Repubs continually saying"THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT"! Neither he nor the Repubs have any idea what we want nor do they care. They have fought everything put before them with little concern for what is needed or wanted by the AmericanPeople. This is absurd. You are going to learn very soon just what we want.VERY SOON!

    August 4, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Stewart - Las Vegas

    I hope the "recess" gets cancelled completely for both houses. GOP hasn't done anything but obstruct for the last 19 months.

    They don't need a recess or vacation, they haven't worked.

    How can they even consider getting out there and campaigning to be reelected.

    "Vote for me" , I don't do anything but run to the cameras" please vote for me " I'll cut your taxes, even if you don't have a friggin job.

    Vote for me "I'll repeal healthcare so you can not go to the doctor when you are sick, unless you can pay for the whole thing out of pocket, with the money you don't have because, you don't have a friggin job!!!

    Wow! What a Country

    August 4, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. johnrj08

    Don't you just love how the Republican Party is constantly speaking for the American people, as if they cared what the American people want or need. If it wasn't for Barack Obama we would be in a second Great Depression and the auto industry would have been turned over to foreign manufacturers.

    August 4, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. sammieb51

    Good Idea Mike - let's not sign this one and lay off teachers in our third world education system and probably lay off a bunch of cops and fire men too ..... Good idea, but hey, let's be sure to vote YES on those (UNFUNDED) tax cuts for the wealthiest 1% of the population ha!

    August 4, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Barry

    Teacher's we don't need no stinken teachers, I know for a fact that the national rifle association will be happy to send their members to schools all across the country to teach our children.

    August 4, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Dennis in AZ

    The tax cuts should expire, otherwise we suffer the inability to repay our massive debt. On the other hand, it's a very common thing for democrats to shuffle money out to special interests like labor unions. Elections matter...Lesson learned. That said, why would the American people allow Congress to charge us overtime for something they were going to do anyway and should have done in regular session? Oh that's's an "emergency."

    August 4, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. JJ in NY

    Well stated !

    Who wants another big union bailout ? It was bad enough that obama bailed out GM in order to protect the Auto Workers union .

    August 4, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Bill from GA

    Maybe Steele should check with Repug governors about that aid to states. Here in GA, with all the tax cuts passed by our Repug governor and state congress, we are out of money and need help. Our future Repug governor wanta-be jerks want more tax cuts. Please send help; you can't expect a Repug state government to tax the people enough to pay their bills,can you?? All you responsible states, and the Chinese, please help!!! We've fallen in debt and can't get out!!!

    August 4, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. Clay

    That is good advice from Steele. We are already angry and whatever further damage they want to inflict is just going to be more fodder for the elections.

    August 4, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. go home and listen

    Congress can do less damage by listening to their constituents rather than going back to DC. They've already messed up the country financially.

    I think the real reason that democrats want to head back to DC is so that they don't have to listen to angry voters in their districts/states.

    August 4, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. Margaret Anderson/Boise, Idaho

    What do Republicans have against education? Our kids do not need to be slighted over political wrangling.

    August 4, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    The United States' lengthy reign as the world's number-one energy consumer came to an end last year, according to the Paris-based International Energy Agency on 20 July. But the agency's revelation that China had finally taken the top slot swiftly drew denials from officials in Beijing.

    China's protests are understandable given the huge international sensitivities over which nations have been — and will be — responsible for most carbon emissions. But even if China is not yet number one, its population of 1.3 billion and its fast-growing economy mean that it will very soon be consuming far more energy than the United States. The only real questions are by how much will that usage grow, and how much environmental damage will it do in the process?

    One fact China is not disputing is that it extended its lead in sustainable energy last year, adding 37 gigawatts of renewable capacity, nearly half of the 80 gigawatts added globally in 2009. That brought its total renewable capacity to 226 gigawatts, dwarfing the 144 gigawatts of its nearest rival, the United States.

    We need energy legislation to stop subsidizing oil and start subsidizing renewables.

    August 4, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Bill from GA

    Memo to fox propaganda network believers: hate word of the month (last month and this one) is UNION. Use any statement about spending, include a reference to some of it going to UNIONS, and is becomes anti-Democratic propaganda.

    I remember when union workers were salt-of-the-earth American workers, but now they are EVIL. They actually want some of the money they earn for the companies they work for. They want health care, and retirement. THOSE COMMIES!!

    Vote Republican; speed up the total downfall of America.

    August 4, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. norma

    Dear GOP,
    The education of our children IS NOT a special interest, and the last time I looked teaching was a job. Laying off teachers is a job killing measure. Your only answer to all our economic problems is more tax cuts for the rich. Please explain how the Bush tax cuts for the very wealthy will keep teachers in the classroom.

    An American Person

    August 4, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Steve in North Carolina

    Give us all a break and stay out of session so we can recover a bit before you starting wasting our money again!

    August 4, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. JES

    Why in the hell don't you listen no more spending until you are required to balance thedamn budget.

    We are sick and tired of your solutions spend now worry later.

    Spend it like it's your money not mine.

    August 4, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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