[caption id="attachment_43169" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="President Obama signed an emergency bill that will halt election-year teacher layoffs "]President Obama signed an emergency bill that will halt election-year teacher layoffs [/caption]

Summoned back from summer break, the House on Aug. 10 pushed through an emergency $26 billion jobs bill that Democrats said would save 300,000 teachers, police, and other public employees from election-year layoffs. President Barack Obama immediately signed it into law.

Lawmakers streamed back to Washington for a one-day session as Democrats declared a need to act before children return to classrooms minus teachers laid...

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