August 5th, 2010
12:52 PM ET
8 years ago

Senate approves $26 billion for needy states

New York ( - The Senate voted Thursday to send $26 billion more in federal aid to cash-strapped states.

The measure, which passed by a 61-39 vote, contains $16.1 billion in additional Medicaid money and $10 billion to prevent layoffs of teachers and first responders.

It now moves to the House, which will return Tuesday from its August recess to vote on the bill.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. snow

    Any Republican who voted for this mini stimulus bill should be thrown out of office.

    August 5, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Bob in Pa

    We need to layoff 50% of the Federal Government in DC.

    August 5, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. mb-texas

    very little support from the party of no.thanks to the Republicans that help the American people.

    August 5, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Bob in Pa

    Lets see our Congress and Senate do more with less !!!
    We need a mandatory cut in all their staffs and services. Maybe our representatives will actuallly understand the issues and bills they are voting on if the are forced to do something for themselves.

    August 5, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    There goes the deficit.......again!

    August 5, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Independent voter

    Thank you democrats! Our teachers now all know how to vote this November!

    August 5, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Ron in california

    More we can't afford and will continue to drive us into fiscal disaster.

    August 5, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Too bad only two republicans jumped on board. It's a crying shame that republicans are working against the middle class, the turn around and apologize to their corporate sponsors: BP, Wall Street, etc..

    August 5, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. katiec

    Voters, please note!
    The republicans, as usual, voted against this bill. They have totally abandoned the welfare and survival of us and our country to continue their quest to destroy our country, middle class America, the less fotunate, etc, keep Wall St and the rich in control and vote against anything to help in getting our country back on it's feet.
    They are well on the path of becoming our country's most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    August 5, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    This money is not going to benefit the citizens of any state. It is simply a payback to the corrupt, slimy, immoral and unethical unions to help them retire early and without doing there jobs. It is liberals buying the votes of the stooges who can't think for themselves and believe whatever their union bosses tell them. More deficit while the corrupt, inept, immoral, unethical, union toady president steals money from the hardworking people of this country to pay the unions who stole the election for him.

    August 5, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. JonDie

    States whose Republicans representatives don't support government aid to the unemployed should be banned from receiving the funds.

    August 5, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. Fed Up Independent Voter

    $26 billion here 1 Trillion there – Washington has lost its way. Instead of feeding the problem – which is amply underscored by the ludicrous salaries, pensions, and health benefits given to the millions of state, city, and town employees, Get a grip on the problem and get some fiscal intelligence – don;t just feed the problem. It is like giving cocaine to a junky every week.

    August 5, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Pete in Guilford

    Probably more money going to red states than blue.

    August 5, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. ETM

    Good news. Americans may disagree on spending, but we can all agree that education must be a priority. This bill will preserve tens of thousands of teacher jobs and help states with medical costs.

    August 5, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Bedtime for Obonzo

    The headline should read -

    "Senate approves $26 billion of new debt for needy public employee unions."

    August 5, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. annie s

    Again, Republicans vote against Americans. How can anyone honestly be willing to return these Neanderthals to power?

    August 5, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. Malt

    People are being laid off in the private sector, why should the public sector get a bail out?

    Government (federal, state and local) needs to to learn to budget much like the private sector (and individual families....).

    4 years of a democrat-run Congress is killing this country (combined with Obama's crazy policies).

    August 5, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. With NO increase in taxes, NO increase in the deficit . . .

    Yet the Republicans lie and call it a bail out of special interests.
    This will save the jobs of teachers, firefighters, first responders, cops, and paramedics – All "evil special interests" according to the republicans.

    But cancel the Bush tax cuts for the very wealthy and these same republicans go balistic.

    Guess it all depends on which "special interests' support you.

    August 5, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. norma

    Thank you!

    "Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army."
    Edward Everett

    August 5, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Hammerer

    Now congress is paying off debts to states that voted democratic in 2008 and penalizing states that opposed him in 2008. Taking taxes from the "nays" and giving it to the "yeas".
    Sooner or later this corruption has to stop one way or another.

    August 5, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The measure, which passed by a 61-39 vote, contains $16.1 billion in additional Medicaid money and $10 billion to prevent layoffs of teachers and first responders.

    Well, in order to keep them "honest", I certainly hope NONE of these monies will be directed towards.....RED states, because THEY DON'T WANT the government to help them. At least THIS government, wink, wink.

    As such I suggest that teachers in the following states start looking for jobs elsewhere: Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, Virginia, Alabama. And if you're SICK and need to utilize Medicaid for your prescriptions or doctor's visits in these states.....oh well!

    And don't forget to thank your GObP state representatives for making sure that you're LEFT OUT.


    August 5, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. ficheye

    They were supposed to do this all along. I wonder what happened to the original money?

    August 5, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. wake up

    RIDICULOUS!! States overspend and the rest of the country bails them out!!?
    So basically, we are borrowing from China to aid states like Illinois and California who choose to blow money on big, wasteful and corrupt government.

    Wake UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. shawn martin

    About time!

    August 5, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Pave

    Palin and the GOP are the biggest sore losers I have ever seen. I used to be a Republican until I got tired of the backstabbing, whining, and two faced Rhetoric that most of them spew like sewage from an open well in the Gulf! Palin, if you want to do something good for this country get on board, stop bitching and politically whoring yourself out like your daughter does and shut the hell up. You are so irrelevant! the only reason anyone listens is because they are hoping the camera man might get an up skirt shot of you but I am sorry the campaign trail has so obviously aged you in all the wrong places. Get war criminal Bush to the Hague for war crimes and then I will think you are a hero instead of a stupid hand note reading fembot! BTW real momma grizzlies, the ones with cubs, want their name back – they say they don't want to be associated with right wing nut jobs!

    August 5, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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