Nevada Senator Harry Reid filed cloture on the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act last night. The legislation would create or save 400,000 teacher jobs and protect thousands of first responder jobs.
The Senate is expected to vote on the bill, which stems from President Obama’s jobs plan, before the end of the week.
With 14 million Americans out of work, Senate Democrats are committed to making sure teachers and those who protect our communities stay on the job. Watch video of yesterday’s rally here:
The bill would be paid for by a 0.5 percent surtax on millionaires and billionaires, who make up the top 1 percent of earners in America.
More than 300,000 teaching jobs have been lost since the start of the recession and schools across the country have had to slash their budgets to make ends meet.
The Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act would invest $30 billion in educator jobs, so that schools can put an end to layoffs and rehire teachers. An additional $5 billion would go towards protecting the jobs of police officers and firefighters.
As Nevada Senator Harry Reid puts it, “Teachers are out of work through no fault of their own and students who desperately need a good education are relying on us to act.”
First responders and teachers who visited Capitol Hill yesterday made it clear: without action from Congress, more jobs across the country will be on the line, putting our nation’s workforce will be at even greater risk.
And Senate Democrats held a rally yesterday to assure the first responders and teachers they will do everything they can to support job growth.
But as Democrats pointed out at the rally, Republicans need to start prioritizing jobs, too. To date, Republicans have chose to put politics ahead of putting Americans back to work.