Rep. Johnson votes to save thousands of teaching, state jobs

August 10, 2010
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) today voted for the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, which will save or create more than 300,000 American jobs – 140,000 teacher jobs and 150,000 jobs for police officers, firefighters and nurses.

The measure will save or create more than 5,600 teaching jobs in Georgia and provide Georgia with much-needed Medicaid funds, which will prevent the state from cutting thousands of jobs for teachers, firefighters and other public workers.

“Teachers, police officers, firefighters and nurses are some of the most dedicated public servants in our communities,” said Rep. Johnson.

“These funds are needed immediately to help prevent layoffs and actually rehire teachers and prevent our public safety officers from losing their jobs. They contribute so much to our quality of life and make so many sacrifices for us, the least we can do is invest in them.”

The legislation is fully paid for and reduces the deficit over 10 years while closing loopholes that allow corporations to ship American jobs overseas.

The bill now heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature.

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