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Sen. Patty Murray Speak on Senate Floor Regarding Teacher Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C.- This morning, Wednesday, August 4, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) will speak on the Senate floor to support her amendment that would deliver on the FMAP funding that Washington state expected and needs to avoid a special session of the legislature. Watch the Speech and Senate Vote Live

Sen. Murray's amendment will also provide support to school districts to allow them to avoid teacher layoffs that would hurt students and schools. The Murray Amendment includes a fully offset $16.1 billion FMAP investment to help states avoid job losses, cuts to Medicaid, and tax increases. In Washington state this funding would help avoid a costly emergency session of the state legislature or across-the-board cuts to jobs, health care, and state services.

 It also provides $10 billion to school districts throughout the country to save teacher jobs so students aren't forced to bear the burden of local budget shortfalls. This would save an estimated 100,000 teacher jobs across the country, including 3,000 in Washington state alone.

Following Sen. Murray's speech, there will be a senate vote on the Murray amendment at 7:45 a.m. Look for updates on how that vote turned out on KHQ.com and tonight on KHQ Local News at 5 and 6.

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