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California Gets Critical Bucks to, in part, Pay Teacher Salaries

Taking a rare break from summer vacation, the House returned to Capitol Hill today and gave final approval to a huge $26 billion jobs bill that will send at least 2 1/2 billion dollars to California to help balance the state budget and pay the salaries of its schoolteachers.

The vote capped a months-long debate over a plan to aid the states by giving them more money for education and Medicaid. Critics said the package was merely a bailout to states, while backers called it a necessary response to emergency conditions.   

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who ordered members back to Washington for the emergency session, said the bill will save roughly 300,000 public sector jobs And said Congress needed to act to help stabilize state budgets as a way to avoid another deep recession.