Rep. Miller pushes bill to save school jobs

April 23, 2010 7:45:10 PM PDT
A local congressman believes a bill being pushed on Capitol Hill can save the jobs of police officers and teachers across the country.

East Bay Democrat George Miller supports the measure that would give local governments $75 billion to save 750,000 jobs.

Nearly one-third of the money would go to prevent tens-of-thousands of layoffs in schools.

"The layoff of teachers is not a partisan issue; it happens in Republican districts, it happens in Democratic districts, it happens to Republican children, it happens to Democratic children," Miller said.

Miller estimates that California schools would get more than $2 billion if his bill passes.

The plan also includes money to re-hire police officers and firefighters who have been laid off.