Rep. Costa Votes to Protect Jobs Of Valley Teachers, Law Enforcement And Nurses

Aug 8, 2010
Press Release

Legislation provides support to states to prevent thousands of job losses

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa returned to Washington today amidst a six-week work period in the Valley to vote in favor of legislation that is estimated to save 311,000 American jobs in education, law enforcement, public safety and health care fields. The U.S. House of Representatives resumed session to consider the bill, the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, which passed with Costa’s support by a vote of 247-161.

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“This legislation keeps teachers in the classroom, police on the streets, and our local health care facilities open treating patients,” said Costa. “Ensuring that these hardworking men and women can continue to serve our communities is critical to protecting Valley jobs and our economy.”

In addition to saving police, firefighting, and nursing jobs, the bill is vital to protecting regional education workforces, providing grants to state and local governments to help them retain and hire teachers and other educational professionals. The Department of Education estimates that the legislation will fund 161,000 teaching jobs nationally (16,500 in California). In California’s 20th the National Education Association estimates that the bill will fund approximately915 K-12 jobs. Congressional District, the National Education Association estimates that the bill will fund approximately

“Without this funding, states would be forced to lay off thousands of workers, especially teachers,” said Costa. “No one would feel the effects of these job losses more than Valley students and families. As students get ready to go back to school, we must make sure that teachers are in the classrooms to prepare them for college and their careers.”

The legislation is fully paid for, funded largely by closing tax loopholes that encourage large corporations to ship American jobs overseas. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the bill will cut the deficit by $1.4 billion over the next decade.

The bill’s provisions have received the support of national and local groups including the National Education Association, National Governors Association, CA Hospital Association, California Association of Public Health Systems, and Private Essential Access Community Hospitals. This bill will directly benefit Valley facilities like Valley Children’s Hospital and Community Medical Center that have been struggling as a result of state budget cuts.

Following today’s vote, Costa will return to the district to host a small business workshop to support Valley business owners and entrepreneurs. For more information on this event, click here