The WH said: "The bill failed because Senate Republicans blocked it. Senate Republicans decided they would not ask millionaires and billionaires to pay a little bit more in order to put up to 400,000 teachers in our classrooms teaching our children. 400,000 teachers at average of $52,000 per year is $20.8 billion. one year. Union dues average $750/teacher or $300 million to labor unions. 90% of labor unions campaign donations go to Democrats! So why would ANY one vote for a bill that would put a large portion of that $ 300 million into the campaign coffers of the Democrats?