Last night, Republican Senators stood unanimously to block the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act, a stand-alone piece of President Obama’s jobs bill that would put Americans back on the job teaching our children and keeping our communities safe.
The GOP is putting politics ahead of country yet again. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz responded to this disappointing vote:
“What will it take for Republicans to get serious about working with the President to create jobs and get our economy back on track? The American people have made it clear that they want Congress to act now. We can't wait. Leading economists from across the political spectrum have said the American Jobs Act will create as many as 1.9 million jobs and prevent another recession—and they have warned that the Senate GOP’s alternative jobs proposal will do nothing to create jobs now and could actually do serious harm to the economy.
“Our country can’t afford to keep waiting. America’s teachers and first responders continue to face uncertain futures as they do the work from which every American benefits. Middle-class families continue to struggle to make ends meet—this Senate bill and the American Jobs Act would help them get ahead. It’s time for Republicans to do the job they were elected to do and work with the President to create jobs and restore our economic security.”