The Senate Republicans filibustered Obama's attempt to put fire fighters, police and teachers back to work, by saying it smelled too much like another failed "bailout." Of course the bailouts were actual loans that have, in many cases, been paid back. It was never just given away, without any accountability, and was successful at preventing another great depression.
Sen. Mitch McConnell said it was a states issue. But was it really?
"The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) ran this television ads in several states in support of $35 billion in funding to help pay for staffing at fire and police departments across the country as well as at schools — that includes $1 billion in funding to protect firefighters' jobs. The IAFF estimates that 15,000 firefighter and paramedic jobs have been lost or are threatened due to lack of funds.
Here's what Republicans fought against funding:
Here's Sen. McConnell and Obama's back and forth on the issue: