Friday, October 21, 2011

Pared-Down Jobs Bill Voted Down in the Senate

After the president's bus tour and campaigning for this jobs bill, the senate still voted down the pared-down jobs bill that would have provide $35 billion to hire new teachers and fund salary increases police and firefighters.

According to the bill, $30 billion would be used to hire new teachers and other school administrators while $5 billion would be used to help pay the salaries of police officers, firefighters and other first responders.

The Senate is also working to get the surcharge on the wealthy pushed through. An AP-GfK poll taken Oct. 13-17 found 62 percent of respondents favoring the surcharge as a way to pay for jobs initiatives. Just 26 percent opposed the idea.

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