Democrats are desperate to use federal dollars to cover up just how bad the economy is with new stimulus spending. Today, they broke a filibuster on a new stimulus bill - expected to be passed tomorrow - with the help of the two liberal Republican senators from Maine.
Last-minute money to save the jobs of tens of thousands of teachers and other public workers overcame a Republican filibuster Wednesday and sped toward Senate passage. The House, under pressure to help hard-pressed schools nationwide, was being called back from its summer break for an expected final vote next week.
Calling it a jobs bill, rather than a stimulus bill, has allowed the measure to escape public scrutiny, as did passage in the senate in advance of a house vote.
The $26 billion measure would help states ease their severe budget problems and — advocates said — stop the layoffs of nearly 300,000 teachers, firefighters, police and other public employees. Though scaled back, the bill also would salvage a victory for Democrats who have been unable to deliver most of the jobs help they and President Barack Obama promised.
This measure replaces a bigger, $50 billion bill that was blocked by Scott Brown last month.
It's less generous than the help provided under the stimulus law and roughly half the size of the state- and teacher-aid package envisioned by Democrats earlier this year. It was still sought desperately by governors, who have already made big budget cuts because tax revenue plummeted in the recession.
Using Chinese dollars to fund their own reelection efforts? Nope, not in this case. This Democratic protection plan has been paid for - on the backs of the poor!
To pay for a much-needed, job-saving and job-creating bill to help ease states’ budget woes, Democrats have made further cuts to food stamps, and for the first time ever, benefit recipients could see their monthly checks shrink.
Compassion in action!
“The essence of this bill is to pay off education unions,’’ said Senator Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican. “The way they paid for it is by penalizing job creators. This bill is a job outsourcer.’’