Let’s look at what the Republicans in the Senate are currently fighting against in the stimulus bill:
- $40 billion in aid to state governments for education and other programs; money that economists say is a relatively efficient way to pump up the economy by preventing layoffs, cuts in services or tax increases.
- $20 billion for construction and repair of schools and university facilities. Those funds would have supported many construction jobs.
Short version: the Senate Republicans (including McCain and Kyl) are not willing to help their own states out when suffering an severe educational crisis. Let’s remember this come re-election time, shall we?