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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

CONGRESSWOMAN JOHNSON VOTES TO SAVE AND CREATE JOBS OF AMERICAN TEACHERS, FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, NURSES AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR – WHILE REDUCING DEFICIT

Aug 10, 2010
Press Release

CONGRESSWOMAN JOHNSON VOTES TO SAVE AND CREATE JOBS OF AMERICAN TEACHERS, FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, NURSES AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR – WHILE REDUCING DEFICIT

Washington, DC — (Tuesday, August 10, 2010) Congresswoman Johnson voted today to save and create almost 320,000 jobs – including saving the jobs of 160,000 teachers and preventing the layoffs of tens of thousands of police officers, firefighters, and nurses.  The House reconvened this week to take up this emergency aid to help states keep teachers in our classrooms and first responders on duty.   The Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act is not only completely paid for, it reduces the deficit by $1.4 billion over 10 years—in part by closing a loophole that actually encourages corporations to ship American jobs overseas.

 “Many local communities in Texas are being forced to choose between important public services – like keeping teachers in the classrooms or keeping police officers on the beat in our neighborhoods,” said Congresswoman Johnson.  “So, I came back to Washington this week to vote on a bill that is a win-win-win:  it helps keep teachers and first responders on the job, it is fiscally responsible by actually reducing the deficit, and it is able to do that by closing a tax loophole that promotes shipping jobs overseas. Not acting could have jeopardized the future of our children and the public’s safety.”

The legislation provides $10 billion in funding to save more than 160,000 teacher jobs.  It also provides $16.1 billion in health assistance to the states that, by reducing shortfalls and stimulating the economy, will save and create 158,000 jobs, including preventing the layoffs of police officers and firefighters, as well as creating private-sector jobs throughout our economy.

  The funding in the bill is supported by a majority of the nation’s Governors, including many Republican Governors, and by numerous organizations, including the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures, National Association of Counties and the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.

 
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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and a senior member of the Science Committee. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which, includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Oak Lawn, Turtle Creek, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, & South Oak Cliff; all of Balch Springs, DeSoto, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Ferris, Glenn Heights and Ovilla.