by Felix Perez
The Senate voted late last night, 50-50, to block legislation, the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act, which would create or protect 400,000 jobs for teachers, education support professionals, police officers and firefighters.
The vote was 10 votes shy of the 60-vote threshold necessary to allow the legislation to come up for debate. Every Republican voted against moving the bill forward.
President Obama, in a statement, said, “Every Senate Republican voted to block a bill that would help middle class families and keep hundreds of thousands of firefighters on the job, police officers on the streets, and teachers in the classroom when our kids need them most.”
The Senate may take up the bill again, but there is no date set. Meanwhile, the House and the Senate may take up a much-needed school modernization bill in the next week or two.
The Fix America’s Schools Today Act provides urgently needed resources to modernize school and community colleges so that students have the technology and safe and energy-efficient buildings they need to succeed. The bill would also create tens of thousands of construction jobs.
Click here to send an email to Congress urging them to support the Fix America’s Schools Today (FAST) Act.