Obama renews call for aid to halt teacher layoffs


In his address, Obama said a House Republican budget would make conditions worse because it would cut further into education spending to help pay for new tax cuts for the wealthy.

“That’s backwards,” he said. “That’s wrong. That plan doesn’t invest in our future; it undercuts our future.”

That’s an argument Obama has been making on the campaign trail against Republican rival Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, the author of the House budget.

In the Republican address, Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri criticized Democrats and the president for Congress’ failure to restore disaster programs for farmers suffering from the worst drought in 25 years.

“A lot was riding on this bill, but the Senate, a body controlled by the president’s party, left Washington for the month of August without even bringing it to a vote,” she said. “The president has seen fit to politicize this issue, but the fact is he didn’t urge the Senate to act.”

The legislation was all the Republican-controlled House could pass amid Republican divisions over farm subsidies and food stamps in a broader food and farm policy bill. The Senate would not act on the pared-down bill, insisting that Congress consider a full five-year extension of the farm legislation with 80 percent of it, or about $400 billion, devoted to food stamps.

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