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Congress urged to help rehire teachers

President Obama said Saturday that he wants Congress to help states rehire teachers and act on a key part of last year's jobs bill. He says the last thing the U.S. needs is to have fewer teachers in our schools.

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.

Obama said 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.

In the GOP address, Republicans said Obama's policies stand in the way of a stronger economy. Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., said House Republicans will push plans to boost domestic energy production and stop tax increases on small businesses.