The Senate on Thursday approved a $26.1 billion state aid bill to save teachers’ jobs and extend healthcare for low-income people (Medicaid). At the beck and call of Nancy Pelosi, Congressman Sanford Bishop is dropping his re-election campaign activities while the House is in recess and rushing back to Washington along with most other House members to vote to pass this bill in the House.
This bill help stop the layoffs of perhaps 300,000 teachers, firefighters, police officers and other public employees according to an AP report, and according to the Democratic Senate website, saving 4,400 Georgia teacher jobs.
For a change, this bill is paid for. When passed in the House, I am sure Congressman Bishop will be sure to let everyone in the 2nd District know what a fine job he is doing taking care of everyone, and being a good Fiscally Conservative Blue Dog.
What Congressman Bishop won’t tell you is that according to an LA Times report, all but $1.5 billion of this is being paid for by cuts to the enhanced Food Stamp program ($24.6 billion) in the stimulus bill, that provided an extra $80 a month in benefits. There are 40 million Americans on the Food Stamp program.
This from a person who voted not to cut a penny from Transportation bill but to increase it and not to return the $10.2 billion in unspent stimulus money, Hypocrisy in motion.