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House to return from summer break next week, Pelosi says

By Deirdre Walsh, CNN Congressional Producer
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  • NEW: Pelosi confirms House to return next week
  • The House will consider a $26 billion measure partly to avoid teacher layoffs
  • The House wasn't set to return until mid-September
  • Republicans say the public doesn't want more stimulus spending

Washington (CNN) -- The House of Representatives be will be called back into session next week to take up a $26 billion bill designed in part to help avoid teacher layoffs, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday.

"As millions of children prepare to go back to school -- many in just a few days -- the House will act quickly to approve this legislation once the Senate votes," Pelosi said Wednesday.

"I am calling members of the House back to Washington at the beginning of the week to pass this bill and send it to President Obama without further delay."

The House began its summer break last week and was not expected to return until mid-September.

House Democratic leaders began discussing the unusual move after the Senate unexpectedly advanced the state assistance bill on Wednesday.

The House needs to approve the measure before it can go to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

House Republican leaders characterized the House plan as the latest step in an agenda rejected by the public.

"The American people don't want more 'stimulus' spending -- particularly spending for labor unions attached to a job-killing tax increase," said Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.

"Democrats would be better off listening to their constituents, who are asking, 'Where are the jobs,' rather than returning to Washington, D.C. to vote for more tax hikes and special interest bailouts."