August 2nd, 2010
07:58 PM ET
13 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.

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  1. John Bloom

    Can someone please tell me who are these "desperate states"? I bet there are no "RED" States in this "desperate states" bailout. I also oppose rewarding FAILURE? I live in Virginia and I doubt very much would be bailed out. CNN do your job and report the states considered "Desperate", I bet there is California, New York, PA, and of course Nevada and Michigan. New Jersey and Virginia probably are not on that list because their Governors are principled Conservatives and have turned their states around.

    You can call it a Bailout to the Statesm but I choose to call it a PAYOFF to the States that Democrats need to hold onto their majority in Congress, call it the Obama Payoff. It is the CHICAGO way isn't it?

    August 2, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  2. snow

    Now the demorats want to bail out states who are harboring illegals at great expense and want the rest of the country to bail out their unchecked spending. NO MORE BAIL OUTS, not even to over spending states.

    August 2, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  3. David Gordon

    This legislation makes sense, is paid for, and helps people keep their jobs. And the problem with this is....................?

    August 3, 2010 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
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