Friday, July 30, 2010

Teachers' jobs blocked by Republican vote

Your vote in November will make a difference; Boxer vs Fiorina. Republicans on Thursday again filibustered and stopped the effort to provide funds to schools to stop some 130,000 layoffs of teachers.  (see below)
“Senate Republicans on Thursday rejected a bill to aid small businesses with expanded loan programs and tax breaks, in a procedural blockade that underscored how fiercely determined the party’s leaders are to deny Democrats any further legislative accomplishments ahead of November’s midterm elections.”
All Democrats voted to break the filibuster, all Republicans supported the filibuster.  California Senator Boxer voted to break the filibuster. How would Republican candidate Carly  Fiorina have voted?

A new Senate amendment was to be introduced to the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act (HR 5297) that would provide the $10 billion in emergency federal funding to offset local budget cuts and help avert more than 130,000 educator layoffs. This federal aid is desperately needed and is our last chance to achieve it in Congress before the start of the school year. A vote on this amendment was blocked by the threat of filibuster. 
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