Katherine wrote about it below, but I want to hammer this point home very clearly:
Rick Perry and David Dewhurst are lying.
Rick Perry and David Dewhurst are claiming that Congressman Lloyd Doggett's amendment is somehow unconstitutional. They are completely and totally lying.
All Doggett's amendment does is ensure the “state maintenance” of education funds. As Harvey Kronberg wrote in Quorum Report:
There's the curious matter of the substance of the Republicans' objection. The language that Doggett added in his amendment to the edujobs bill is intended to guarantee a level of “state maintenance” in the next biennium. Republicans insist Perry can't bind future legislatures; yet that appears to be exactly what the Governor did when he signed Page 4 of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund application to receive the original stimulus package in 2009. That page guaranteed “maintenance of effort” in future years.
Meanwhile, Doggett's amendment would save 15,400 jobs in Texas. Of the $830 million that would go to Texas' public schools, the vast majority — much more than 65% — would go to classroom instruction. There is nothing tyrannical, evil, or wrong about Doggett's amendment. On this one, Democrats are clearly right, we are clearly acting responsibly for Texans, and all of us — every single one of us, including the newspaper reporters, TV station anchors, and my fellow bloggers reading this right now — have an obligation to tell the truth.
Rick Perry and David Dewhurst are lying when they say this bill is unconstitutional, and their frivolous lawsuit could kill 15,400 Texas jobs.