Washington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) issued the following statement tonight after Senate Republicans once again blocked legislation that would help create jobs and boost the economy, this time killing the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act, of which Menendez is the sponsor.

"Tonight, Republicans proved once again that when it comes to saving or creating jobs - this time for teachers and first responders - they are simply not interested. Not interested in making sure we can keep 400,000 educators in our classrooms and police on our streets. Not interested in asking millionaires and billionaires to pay a half a penny on the dollar for the sake of the future of our children and communities. Not interested in listening to the overwhelming majority of Americans who wanted us to pass this bill.

"The only thing they seem to be interested in is ma king Barack Obama a one term president.

"We are going to keep listening to middle class families who expect us to do everything we can to create good jobs, get teachers back in our classrooms, police back on the beat and our economy moving forward. We will keep fighting."