Blumenthal Calls for Passage of Bill to Put Teachers Back to Work, Improve Education

 Washington, DC) – Senator Richard Blumenthal released the following statement today calling for the passage of the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act, which will save or create nearly 400,000 education jobs across the country, including 3,800 jobs in Connecticut:

"In Connecticut and across the country, Americans care about making sure that their kids are taught, that their streets are policed, and that someone comes to their door when they need an emergency first responder. This bill addresses those basic needs, and it is an investment essential to those basic functions- in Connecticut, it could save or create 3,800 jobs. On top of the jobs, it’s the kids whose futures will be forever affected. There ought to be bipartisan support, and this legislation ought to be passed quickly as another step toward putting people back to work and making sure that our kids are educated for their future."

The Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act will provide Connecticut with an additional $336.3 million to invest in education without adding to the budget deficit.