Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today released the following statement after voting late last night in favor of domestic spending in the supplemental.
"I was very proud to cast my vote in support of this important domestic spending, all of which is deficit neutral. My colleagues and I have led the fight to provide $23 billion to prevent 300,000 teachers from being laid off nationwide. While I am disappointed that this measure included less than half of that amount, it is still good news for many teachers including 305 in my district who can now breathe a sigh of relief. The supplemental also included a summer jobs program that would put over 350,000 young people to work, a group of Americans that are disproportionally unemployed. It provided a critical infusion of funding to the Pell Grant program so our nation's students can afford to attend college. Finally, it included a long overdue victory for our first responders by granting them full collective bargaining rights. These men and women risk their lives every day to keep our families and communities safe. Providing them access to the economic security that comes with a union is the least we can do. I urge the Senate to follow suit."