House returns from summer break for state-funding bill vote

The CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) — The House of Representatives — back in town during its summer recess — is expected to vote Tuesday on a $26 billion package designed, in part, to help avoid teacher layoffs.

President Obama, flanked by teachers on stage, will make a final push for the bill, urging the House to pass the package which includes critical relief funding for states and money to save approximately 160,000 teacher jobs across the country.

The House began its summer break at the end of July and was not expected to return until mid-September until House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called members back into session.

“As millions of children prepare to go back to school — many in just a few days — the House will act quickly to approve this legislation once the Senate votes,” Pelosi said in a statement last week.

“I am calling members of the House back to Washington … to pass this bill and send it to President Obama without further delay.”

House Democratic leaders began discussing the unusual move after the Senate unexpectedly advanced the state assistance bill last week.

The House must approve the measure before it can go to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

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