Congress vs. Texas: Texas schools could lose out - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/11/10

Congress vs. Texas: Texas schools could lose out

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The threat of a lawsuit did not stop Congress from passing a jobs bill that critics say will cost Texas schools more than $800 million.

President Barack Obama signed the bill into law Tuesday night. The new law requires Texas Governor Rick Perry to promise Washington that Texas will maintain certain education spending levels through 2013. But Perry says the Texas constitution prohibits him from committing future legislative spending.

Republican Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has said he would file a lawsuit against the federal government for doing this, because he says the Texas constitution states that no "appropriation of money can be made for a longer term than two years."

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