President Obama on Saturday bashed Congressional Republicans — and by association, the Romney campaign — for failing to prevent teacher layoffs made by cash-strapped state and local governments.
In his weekly address, Mr. Obama noted that education employment has fallen by 300,000 jobs since 2009. He pushed for Congress to help stem the job losses and called the Republican approach to education financing “backwards” and “wrong.”
“The economic plan that almost every Republican in Congress voted for would make the situation even worse,” Mr. Obama said, referring to a budget put forward by Representative. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, Mitt Romney’s running mate.
“It would actually cut funding for education — which means fewer kids in Head Start, fewer teachers in our classrooms and fewer college students with access to financial aid — all to pay for a massive new tax cut for millionaires and billionaires.”
Mr. Ryan this year put forward a budget with significant cuts to nondefense discretionary spending, a category that includes federal money for education. The Republican-controlled House passed the budget proposal, but it failed to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate.