Menendez Hails Senate Passage of Teacher, State Budget Relief

Menendez Hails Senate Passage of Teacher, State Budget Relief

Legislation estimated to deliver nearly $700 million for New Jersey

Washington - Today, legislation meant to prevent teacher layoffs and buoy state budgets passed the U.S. Senate today after Democrats broke a Republican obstruction attempt yesterday. The legislation is estimated to deliver $270 million to New Jersey schools and $400 million to the state in Medicaid funding, which will help to avoid possible cuts to services. It is fully paid-for, in large part from ending tax breaks for CEOs that ship American ship jobs overseas.

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is a strong supporter of the legislation and released the following statement:

"Many New Jersey parents have expressed to me their concern that slashing teacher jobs will make class sizes unmanageable and take good educators out of the classroom. This is an investment to help address those concerns. In addition, by providing significant budget relief to our state, we are helping to prevent the need for cuts in basic services and to help keep police and firefighters on the job protecting communities. These are the types of investments that help our children fulfill their potential, that help keep our communities safe and that help avoid undercutting our economic recovery. We are not only supporting our families and communities, but we are protecting taxpayers and American jobs in doing, paying for this by ending tax breaks for corporations that ship American jobs overseas."