August 2nd, 2010
07:58 PM ET
8 years ago

Senate to vote on $27 billion in aid for desperate states

New York ( - Senate Democrats are once again trying to push through a bill that would send $27 billion to needy states.

The measure contains $16 billion in additional Medicaid money and $10 billion in education funding to prevent teacher layoffs. State officials have been desperately lobbying their representatives, saying they need the money to shore up their budgets. President Obama weighed in Monday, asking lawmakers to pass the bill.

Lawmakers will take a procedural vote on Wednesday. It needs 60 votes to pass, meaning some Republicans would have to cross the aisle. If it passes this hurdle, a final vote could come late in the week, just before the Senate is scheduled to recess for the long August break.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had pushed back the vote by two days to amend the legislation after learning it would increase the deficit by $4.9 billion despite offset measures. The amended bill has no impact on the deficit.

The GOP, however, is not taking kindly to sending more aid to the states, saying the original $787 billion stimulus package was meant to do that.

Filed under: Congress • issues
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Jay

    NO Federal BAILOUTS for states. Let them cut spending.

    August 2, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. Mark from Louisiana

    As long as California is a sanctuary state it should get no bailouts from the taxpayers. If money is short in california, get rid of the illegals if you want help. Or maybe they can ask Mexico to bail them out.

    August 2, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. Irene Miscione

    If the republicans continue to block this bill you (CNN) and all the other media outlets need to expose them. Americans need to see these republicans for what they are – liars and cheaters. They need to be voted out, sooner rather than later..

    August 2, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. thor

    What are these dems gonna do when the people take the printing presses away from them in Nov.and they are no longer free to print money?

    August 2, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Where are they going to get the money? Robbing Petyer to pay Paul?
    Isn't it time for the States to take back the Purse Strings so it doesn't have to run thru Washington?

    August 2, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. Pkm

    We can use the money in calif arnold s wants to fire all of the old teachers in calif

    August 2, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. JES

    Where in the hell is all the money coming from.

    Our country is broke that's to our great president and all the people who voted fr all this spending.

    Listen to what the voters and stop all this damn spending.

    Don't you clowns get it yet.

    I have a grandchild that is already in debt and is only four years old.

    You guys just suck at the job you were elecetd to do.

    August 2, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  8. valwayne

    This is ridiculous! The states which have been the most irresponsible now want the totaly irresponsible Federal Government to borrow $27 billion to bail them out. Given how deep in debt we are wouldn't it be better for the states to get their economic house in order. After all if they feel the spending is that important the states have the ability to raise taxes to pay for the services they provide in their states. When Governors an State Legislators are running for office they all say they will make the hard decisions? Well start making them!!!

    August 2, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. jules sand-perkins

    Boy, how cheap can the GOP be with handouts for a good cause?
    A mere 787 billion dollars in the stimulus? Man, that was nothing!
    Who would expect that to be enough?
    We're talking about Medicaid here! And teachers!
    People's lives!
    Goddam bastards!

    August 2, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  10. VinceP1974

    No one can convince me that the Democrats aren't deliberately bankrupting the country.

    August 2, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. Steve851

    No, no, no! No more rewarding the bad conduct of state and local governments. They get their own acts together NOW. Trim those budgets

    August 2, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. floridian

    "$10 billion in education funding to prevent teacher layoffs"

    I pay more than enough in property taxes to my local school budgets that I do not need to contribute to other school boards through federal taxes. Why should we, who have no control over who sits on and/or what other school boards spend, have to share our $$ for their inability to manage/budget their finances? I see this as a local problem that should not be "bailed out", as this Administration feels needs to be done for incompetents.

    August 2, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    What the "needy" states need is to stop spending money!

    $16 billion for a massive give-away scheme that was unconstitutional in the first place, $10 billion in additional pay-offs to teachers' unions.

    When will the morons in Washington get it that American taxpayers have had it with being robbed?

    August 2, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  14. Mr Joshua


    All you are doing is prolonging the pain. Cuts have to be made. I live in NYC. Here is where New York can start.. Address Medicaid fraud which is MASSIVE. Address pension and public employee overtime costs and Union help with cost. When you are done trying to live within your own means like most citizens, Then sniff for money. Why ask the whole country to bail out individual states irresponsibility? Look at Christie in New Jersey, He is actually addressing the problem!

    August 2, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  15. DBA

    I'm just dying to find out how the GOP will spin their "NO" vote on this deficit-neutral bill that will save jobs, shore up Medicaid, and preserve the states' balanced budgets–because we all know that the GOP will vote "NO" on it.

    August 2, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  16. Carl

    Another redistribution of our national wealth, this time from states who are fiscally responsible to those that aren't. Somebody please, Please, PLEASE take the charge cards away from the morons occupying the Capitol building. November can't get here soon enough, and even then we'll have to defend the treasury from these thieves until January!

    August 2, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. cut rich pensions first

    Don't agree with bailing out states...... the states like corporations need to make unpopular decisions first............ cut rich state and teachers pensions first, cut oil subsidy to alaska, revisit pork that each state senator/rep has finagled and cut pork...........
    leverage is on the side of the fed gov't........
    make the states give up something before they get any bailouts..........
    and what about the states that are always drawing more money than they give in each and every year..........those are mostly the red states from what I've seen .................that state deficit continuous draw needs to stop.......

    August 2, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. Carl

    Why should the states who don't have runaway spending due to huge entitlements and state pensions have to foot the bill for those states that just can't say "no" to more and more and more spending? Show me where in the Constitution the federal government has the authority to confiscate funds from one state to give them to another state! Oh, I forgot...our federal government doesn't believe in the Constitution they all swore oaths to support and defend. I guess those oaths they swear are totally meaningless.

    August 2, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. dennis

    Just curious CNN, are you BRAVE enough to list the 27 States involved, from the worst off to the best off of the 27, then put who is in control of those States, Democrats or Republicans? I wager the top five worst off are ALL DEMOCRAT Controlled!

    August 2, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  20. PJ States

    Those beggar state governments would rather put the entire nation further in debt than do their jobs and cut back on spending. They just can't face voter outrage of cutting back from what caused the deficits because they want to remain in office forever. Problem is that after these $27B are spent, those same states will beg for more. The US taxpayers will surely go bankrupt to keep these poor managers in office.

    August 2, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  21. mother and sister of soldiers

    If the dems feel this is necessary, I hope they find it somewhere else in their budget. We cannot sustain this spending! It is time Congress tightens their belt too and gives up some!

    August 2, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  22. J. Samuel Cook

    If I were bleeding profusely and a doctor gave me a band-aid to stop the bleeding and I continued to bleed, I wouldn't turn down a tourniquet because the band-aid was supposed to stop the blood flow. Then again, I would actually want to stop the bleeding, not let it continue so I could later use it to discredit the doctor.

    August 2, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  23. DfromthePeg

    Desperate States, which means a state with majority dems, which means a handout to his pals. I'm not sure, I'm just a bit cynical that's all. Doesn't matter what I say anyway.

    August 2, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  24. Chris121875

    I don't get it. The Republicans did not vote to extend unemployment earlier because it wasn't budget neutral now they won't vote for this bill, which the states desperately need and are lobbying for, because it's not budget neutral the right way? Somebody needs to call these clowns out for being the obstructionists they are.

    August 2, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  25. P.D.

    So, the GOP wants to add to our deficit by extending the Bush tax cuts for the Ultra Wealthy, but they will let our most desperate states and the unemployed twist in the wind. The GOP stands for Greedy Old Party. They are at the whim of Big Business and the rich. Nothing new.....

    August 2, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
1 2