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Obama Signs Emergency Bill, Tier 5 Extension Next?

Written by: on 11th August 2010 |
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Obama Signs Emergency Bill to Stop Mass Layoffs – President Barack Obama has signed an Emergency Bill that would save 300,000 teachers, police and others from election-year layoff, could the Tier 5 Extension Bill be next? The Bill was passed in Congress by a vote of 247-161 and again Republicans opposed the approval of the Jobs Law or HR 1586.

The US House of Representatives was on summer break but President Obama summoned the lawmakers Tuesday in order to act on this immediate concern. The Jobs Bill will create a $26 billion fund that will secure jobs for States hardest hit by the recession.

Republicans was as usual against the bill and says that the bill is a dole out to teachers’ union and an example of wasteful spending. The fund will mostly be generated by closing a tax loophole used by multinational corporations and by reducing food stamp benefits for the poor.

Obama, joined by teachers at a Rose Garden ceremony earlier in the day, said, “We can’t stand by and do nothing while pink slips are given to the men and women who educate our children or keep our communities safe,” says Obama at a Rose Garden ceremony attended by teachers.

Rep. David Dreier, a Republican representative from California expressed his concerns about the bill, “Teachers, nurses and cops should not be used as pawns in a cynical political game” resulting from “the Democratic majority’s failure to govern responsibly.”

Another Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio expressed his concern about the endless bail-out for States that might be a recurring process. “Are we going to bail out states next year and the year after that, too? At some point we’ve got to say, ‘Enough is enough.'”

The Republicans continue to oppose incentives for regular workers including the long battle that is being fought by 99ers with the call for the passage of a Tier 5 Extension Bill. They however asks for bailout of corporations and Wall Street giants that are already rich and can work by themselves.

The Tier 5 Extension rally in New York will proceed tomorrow, August 12, 2010. The rally entitled “Keep the American Dream Alive Tier Five!” will be held at the Federal Hall, 26 Wall St., New York City from 12-1 pm. For more details CLICK HERE.

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  1. Joe says:

    “Teachers, nurses and cops should not be used as pawns in a cynical political game” resulting from “the Democratic majority’s failure to govern responsibly.” “Are we going to bail out states next year and the year after that, too? At some point we’ve got to say, ‘Enough is enough.’” This is so funny yet so sad at the same time. Our students need teachers and we definitely need public safety. Duh! I don’t know where the brains of congressmen are these days, but what’s it going to take for them to figure out that this problem is not going away until our citizens can return to work? As long as they stay out of work, there will not be enough taxes generated for the states to adequately fund teachers and public safety on its own. That should be a given. They have sit back on their lazy caucuses for the past decade and watched our American jobs be outsourced to other countries and done nothing to stop it. And now they act all surprised that there is not enough money. Well, geez, what rock have these guys been sleeping under? No jobs, no tax revenue, it’s as simple as that. And the problem is not going to improve until congress starts doing their jobs and doing whatever is necessary to see that jobs return to America. Until then, this country will continue in the downward spiral even deeper than it is now. It is really sad. Extremely sad. Congress states that Americans have become lazy [referring mainly to those that are unemployed] but they are really looking in the mirror when they make those statements. Until jobs return to America, these people that once were workers will continue to be lazy. It’s the only thing they have to do.

  2. YNOT says:

    Why pass a bill for teachers, firefighter, policemen or other public sector jobs. Allow course of action to determine if state budget cuts are needed since all states are broke. If relevant, cut jobs and see if “get a real job” would prevail. WE fund these position as taxpayers and WE fund the politicians position as taxpayers. —Under/Unemployed Tax Accountant.