Democrats in the Senate the senate say that the House-approved war-funding bill must cut education funds for the bill to pass, reports CNN. The money includes $5 billion for Pell Grants and $10 billion to prevent teacher lay-offs. Republicans have criticized the later provision as “giveaway” to teacher’s unions.
There’s a push to pass the important bill before the August recess. The Obama Administration does not oppose the education in the war spending bill, but does object to its stipulation that funding be cut from the Race to the Top education program.
Senate Democrats do not have the 60 votes needed to overcome a likely filibuster, are considering scheduling the vote for later this week in order to pressure the House. “The House doesn’t have a choice but to pass the clean Senate bill,” a Senate aide said. “There is no other alternative.”
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