Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling the House back from its summer recess next week in hopes of quickly approving a $26.1 billion fiscal aid package for states and local governments now poised to clear the Senate Thursday.
The decision follows calls from labor allies and Education Secretary Arne Duncan that swift action is needed to put the rest the threat of thousands of teacher layoffs before the school year. And after conferring with her leadership, the ever modern California Democrat used a twitter account to spread the word.
Cash-strapped governors are promised $16.1 billion to help meet Medicaid payments next year, and $10 billion would go to state and local school boards to preserve teacher jobs.
“It is a great vote for American children, It showed a lot of courage,” Duncan told POLITICO. “There were a lot of people of who given this up for dead. It shows you have to keep fighting and yes, I hope the House returns to get it done.”
How is it a great vote for American children when the Medicaid/jobs bill offset comes from $11.9 billion in food stamp benefit cuts?
The benefit cuts will about $47 a month for a family of three beginning in April 2014 or $516 over the first 12 months
So we're going to keep teachers in the classrooms but steal food from poor people?
How are those American children Duncan claims to care about so much going to do well in school WHEN THEY"RE FUCKING HUNGRY???
Duncan is evil scumbag.
Not enough bad stuff can happen to the man.
Same goes for Obama, the man who suggested the food stamp benefit cuts so he could save cuts to his signature Race to the Top/Fire Teachers and Close Schools program.
Maybe if Duncan's and Obama's kids had to go hungry to pass this bill, they wouldn't be so eager to cut food stamps to offset the Medicaid/jobs bill.