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August 11, 2010 Published in From Congress

Moran Votes To Save And Create Jobs For Teachers, First Responders

House reconvenes to pass emergency aid for States by a vote of 247 to 161

Congressman Jim Moran voted to save the jobs of 160,000 teachers and prevent tens of thousands of police officers, firefighters, and nurses from being laid off.  The House returned from the August recess to pass The Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act by a vote of 247 to 161.

“At a time when many communities in the Commonwealth and across the country have to choose between which important public service to fund—between keeping teachers in their classrooms or police officers in their neighborhoods— it’s our children and hard-pressed communities that will inevitably pay the price,” said Moran.

“Across the country, communities are issuing furlough days, cutting afterschool programs and summer school, when we need to be bolstering, not reducing, investment in education and the future of this country.”

The legislation provides $10 billion in funding to save more than 160,000 teacher jobs.  It also provides $16.1 billion in health assistance to the states that, by reducing shortfalls and stimulating the economy, will save and create 158,000 jobs, including preventing the layoffs of police officers and firefighters, as well as creating private-sector jobs throughout our economy.

“This bill is paid for in full already, and, by closing a tax loophole that encourages American companies to ship jobs overseas, it will actually take a bite out of the budget deficit over the next ten years.”

The President is expected to sign the bill into law before the start of the new school year.