Just a mere few hours after the Senate cleared the way for passage of a $26 billion jobs bill that would prevent tens of thousands of teachers and public workers from being laid off, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called the House back from recess to see the passage through. From her Twitter account, Pelosi announced: "I will be calling the House back into session early next week to save teachers' jobs and help seniors & children." Earlier in the day, the Senate broke a filibuster by a vote of 61 to 38 when Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine crossed the aisle to support the Democratic measure. The bill would extend Obama’s economic stimulus plan by providing $10 billion in education aid and $16 billion for Medicaid in the first six months of 2011.
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