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Senate Fails to Move on American Jobs Act


Bill to resurface in different form

 

Members of the U.S. Senate missed an opportunity to put children first by failing to move forward on President Obama's American Jobs Act. But lawmakers say the fight is not over.

Senate Republicans blocked the legislation from action on the Senate floor. This was lawmakers' first crack at passing a bill that would have put educators back to work, prevented hundreds of thousands of educator layoffs, modernized public schools nationwide, and prevented students from being forced into overcrowded classrooms.

"The Senate's failure to move forward on the President's American Jobs Act is ill timed and short sighted," said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. "This legislation is about more than saving educators' jobs—it's also about securing the future for our students and our nation."

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are indicating that the American Jobs bill will resurface but in a different form. Instead of one complete package, Democratic leaders in the Senate are expected to break the bill up and try to push it through the Senate in several different pieces—two of which will focus on education jobs and money for school modernization.

The school modernization piece will likely resurface in the form of the Fix America's Schools Today (FAST) Act. This bill will provide the urgently-needed resources for school and campus repair and modernization.

This fight is not over! Email your lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and urge them to support the Fix America's Schools Today (FAST) Act!


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