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Republicans Vote Down Another Jobs Bill
GOP Knocks Downs "Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act," Block Jobs Bill for Second Consective Week
Thursday, October 20, 2011
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) tonight blasted Senate Republicans for again voting down a middle-class jobs bill and blocking the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act. This is the second jobs bill that Republicans voted down in the last two weeks. Last week Republicans blocked President Obama’s American Jobs Act.
The Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act would provide approximately $831 million to New Jersey to keep teachers in the classroom, police on the beat, and firefighters on the scene. The bill would hire or prevent the layoff of up to 400,000 educators, mainly teachers, nationwide, including nearly 10,000 in New Jersey. It would also keep thousands more cops and firefighters on the job.