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Democrats add teacher money to war funding bill

By Andrew Taylor
Associated Press Writer / June 30, 2010

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WASHINGTON—House Democrats who are trying to pass a long-stalled war funding bill are sweetening it with $10 billion to help local school districts avoid teacher layoffs when schools reopen.

The approximately $70 billion measure is anchored by President Barack Obama's $30 billion request for the troop surge in Afghanistan and contains money for disaster aid accounts, foreign aid and disability benefits for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

The bill's release was the surest signal yet that House leaders are committed to passing it this week, despite deepening anxiety over the Afghanistan war effort among the president's Democratic allies in Congress.

The Senate passed an almost $60 billion version of the bill last month.

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