Federal Budget Deal May Help Texas Schools

Texas – Texas Gov. Rick Perry is praising a deal that would cut the strings attached to $830 million in stimulus funds for Texas.

Perry has repeatedly blasted Austin congressman Lloyd Doggett for requiring Texas to use the money to boost education spending, not just use it to replace state funds.

Republicans negotiated the repeal of the Doggett amendment when it cut a deal to avoid a government shutdown. Congress is expected to approve the deal later this week.

Perry calls the Democratic measure a political stunt that never should have passed and is praising Republicans in Congress for getting it repealed.

Texas is facing a $27 billion budget shortfall over the next two years.

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