August 10th, 2010
06:15 PM ET
11 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. JM

    Fools. Funding for teachers and policemen come from local taxes not federal taxes. It gives counties and states no incentive to get their financial houses in order if the feds keep bailing them out.

    August 10, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  2. Obama 2012-Clinton-2016

    "Where is the money coming from" says the politician that almost ran are country into the ground. I respect the independent voter for their views of fiscal responsibly but to listen to a republican preach this is just wrong.

    August 10, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. MAC

    A Pay Off To THe Unions!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  4. silvertop

    26 billions! Let's see how much of this is going into waste.
    Would we see big drop in unemployment in these sectors? shouldn't we?
    What have the president and democrat done to stimulate hiring in the private sector? What?.
    Not all your sisters, mothers, fathers are in public sector jobs.

    August 10, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. dennis

    This should read "Obama signs a Bill to provide Payola to the Police, Teachers Unions, and 'Crippled States Run by Democrats like Michigan, New York, Illionis, and California' for the block votes they gave him to steal his election in 2008".

    August 10, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. Sheri in Tennessee

    Rickster: "This is strictly another union payback, nothing more."


    Hear that, police officers and fire personnel?

    The same crowd that hailed you as American heroes on 9/11 now has turned its back on you and put a value on your heroism by scapegoating you to hide the fact that their corporate masters are outsourcing jobs at a record pace.

    Hear that, teachers? The same crowd that expects you to put up with the crude, rude, and disrespectful behavior of your precious darlings says "thank you" by insisting that you stand in the welfare line.

    What an illiterate, obese bunch Republicans are.

    August 10, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  7. Buster

    Another bail out for unions who will give kick backs to demorats from the taxpayer bail out funds. nobama is reduced to again buying votes because he knows he is inept and cannot get reelected on his pathetic record of misspending tax payer money. He is bailing out states that mismanage their budgets like California,New York and Michigan. States that work to cut budgets are now being forced to pay off the moochers.

    August 10, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  8. Liz the First

    Thank you, Mr. President and all the legislators who voted for this. and the opposition to it on the 'right' just proves the republicans want to keep people stupid. that's how they get folks to vote for them. that and hating the same folks their base hates.

    August 10, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
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