House Democrats are rolling the dice Tuesday after returning from a recess that had barely begun to pass a $26 billion teacher jobs bill — at a time when calls for fiscal restraint are dominating the campaign landscape.
Democrats and Obama administration officials say the package is paid for and will not add to the deficit. The bill, which is expected to pass, allows supporters to tout their role in saving tens of thousands of teachers and other government workers from being laid off before the start of the school year, and before the November election.
“This bill … will help keep 160,000 teachers around the country in the classroom as we start school the next couple weeks rather than on the unemployment line,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan told Fox News on Monday.
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