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AM News: Senate Dems Revive $10B Edujobs Bill

News2Senate Moves EduJobs and FMAP Funding Washington Independent:  This evening, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) attached an amendment with funding to preserve teachers’ jobs and to provide much-needed Medicaid funding to states to a Federal Aviation Administration bill... Obama defends education policies in speech to National Urban League. Washington Post:  "Part of it, I believe, reflects a general resistance to change. We get comfortable with the status quo," he said, adding, "Even as we applaud teachers for their hard work, we've got to make sure that we're seeing results in the classroom."...  Obama Defends His Schools Program Against Civil Rights, Union Criticisms Bloomberg:  “Getting states to say they will do things and actually getting them to do them are two different things,” Whitehurst said. “The political will to carry out the promised reforms will diminish over time.” [for more edujobs details, see below from CEF]

From CEF:  On Monday at 5:30 pm, the Senate will hold a cloture vote on a new Murray amendment (Senate amendment 4557) to a shell House bill (HR 1587) concerning the FAA authorization.  The Murray amendment would fund both education jobs and FMAP at a cost of $26.1 billion ($10 billion for ed jobs and $16 billion for FMAP).  I don’t yet have the text of the amendment or further details, but should have those tomorrow (Friday).

The entire cost of the bill is covered by offsets, such as a provision to end tax credits on corporate foreign-earned income. Closing the foreign income tax credits will raise $9 billion in revenue. It also includes $8.4 billion in spending recissions (no details yet, but none from education). Another $6.7 billion will come from cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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