By Associated Press - Saturday, June 9, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama wants Congress to help states rehire teachers and act on a key part of last year’s jobs bill. The last thing the U.S. needs is to have fewer teachers in our schools, he said Saturday.

Mr. Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address that many states have been squeezed by the economic recession and have been forced to lay off teachers — about 250,000 across the nation.

Congress needs to act on part of last year’s jobs bill that would prevent more layoffs and rehire more teachers who lost their jobs, Mr. Obama said.

Republicans say Mr. Obama’s policies stand in the way of a stronger economy. Rep. Erik Paulsen, Minnesota Republican, says House GOP lawmakers will push plans to boost domestic energy production and stop tax increases on small businesses.

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