August 4th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
12 years ago

$26 billion for states passes key test vote

New York ( - The Senate overcame a key procedural hurdle Wednesday to send $26 billion more in federal aid to cash-strapped states.

The measure, which passed by a 61-38 vote, contains $16.1 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.

Senate Democrats needed to garner at least 60 votes for the measure to pass this initial vote, meaning some Republicans had to cross the aisle. That help came in the form of Maine Republicans Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Republicans are going to try and block this bill as well. Are Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins the only republicans who have a darn clue?

    August 4, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. DENNA

    It's nice to know that some Republicans still care about their constituents. Thanks Reps. Collins and Snowe. It is to bad that other Republicans can't overcome their dislike for the president to help their states.

    August 4, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. gt

    gee wheres the money coming from....ugh....

    August 4, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. floridian

    You know, I am tired of helping out states that can't budget and manage their finances. I pay more than my share of property taxes to be used by my school district. Why should I pay, in the form of taxes, to support school boards I have no control over? I cannot vote out the incompetents, or voice my opinion on their budgets, or the like. Nor can I vote for/against the governors or legistlatures of such states. Let's see how much goes to what states - red or blue.

    August 4, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Robert J

    Hope there is a cluse in there that keeps any of it from going to RED states! They don't want it so why give it to them. You know like AZ, SC, NC, – all the intellectually enlightened ones with the high standards of living – oh! almost forgot Mississippi...

    August 4, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. I want Government Help

    I wonder if the states that are so against the Federal Government will take the money.

    August 4, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. rob

    This is like having a 22 year old still at home with no job, living off the parents. The more money you give them the less incentive they have to fend for themselves and get a JOB. The money for the "Teachers" is especially troublesome. I know the dems say its "About the Children" but its not about the children. Its about spending money we and the states don't have to prop up Teachers Unions. How is that fair when we have 9.5% unemployment.

    What about doing something to get PRIVATE SECTOR jobs going?????


    August 4, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. jim

    Just tack it on to Uncle Sam's credit card , after all it's only monopoly money .Most of it will go to California,New York, and Michigan anyway.

    August 4, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Malt

    Democrats love to spend money that we don't have. Even if it is for a 'good cause', we don't have the money.

    Vote out Olympia Snow.

    August 4, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    In response to a prior post regqrding the Tea Party, a commentor asked – "I have several questions that challenge that: where are the non-whites? I hardly see any Blacks, Asians, Latinos or any other minority groups in the large pictures."

    Hopefully, this will answer yours (and the countless others) who have asked it.

    You see, Blacks comprise about 12% of American citizens. Of that 12%, 95% voted for Obama... and as such, one can assume that because they voted for him, they support his policies and agenda. Since the Tea Party was really organized in opposition to Obama's policies and agenda, and given the numbers above, one can further deduce that if ALL of the 5% of Blacks who did not vote for Obama were in the Tea party (a huge stretch, but we'll go with it), you would then see 5% (non-Obama-voting Blacks) of 12% (the total Black population)... or approximately .6% (six-tenths of 1 percent). Meaning, that strictly by the numbers, 1 out of 200 attendees.

    So you see, it's really just the law of large numbers. The Tea Party welcomes all, regardless of race, gender, or creed.

    August 4, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Steve in North Carolina

    What a waste. Bailing out States that are in trouble because they can't manage their finances and enabling them to continue wasting money.

    Ever wonder why our taxes don't go down? It is because State and Federal Governments are addicted to spending money we don't have! They appear to be deficit junkies.

    August 4, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. federal aid to cash-strapped states

    California is gonna need more help than that

    August 4, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. carlos

    thank you Sens. Collins and for the rest of the dumbass repugnants, let us git rid of them one by one, Games Over Patriotism that is the gobp.......

    August 4, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    2 more years of extending unemployment and propping up states until we can get an administration in the White House who understands economics.

    August 4, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. ib

    I say, look at the states that have been crying the loudest about Obama this and Obama that and give them NOTHING. S*rew them Republicans.

    August 4, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. SLM

    26 billion more we don't have. Send it to California to help out the illegals some more, we cannot afford any more taxation from this state.

    August 4, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. snow

    Come on Maine, time to vote out snow and collins, they are nothing less than demorats hiding in Republican clothes. Enough is enough.

    August 4, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. mj

    CNN – Please list the States involved & the monies, per each, that will be allocated. BTW – Just where does our Property Taxes go? Obviously, money is being mismanaged.

    August 4, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Robert

    First the R's say no foreign aid, now they vote in block to deny aid to US states. If they are so intent on shrinking government, why don't they get private sector jobs instead of accepting a taxpayer funded paycheck? At least that way we could get someone in office that actually appreciates the role of government in preserving the quality of life we enjoy in the USA.

    Folks tend to forget that they have such benefits as a government run retirement system (social security) government run elderly heath care benefits (medicare), free public education, 911 emergency police, fire and EMS protections, streets and highways, trash collection, water and sewer service, military protection, research and development that had brought us new pharmaceuticals, advances in auto safety, better consumer products, protections from such items as lead-paint tainted imported toys, and the list goes on.

    If you don't see a need for government, then get your a$$ of the highway, don't drink the water, flush the toilet, or call the cops when you need.

    August 4, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. mike

    these better not be some red states that have been bashing Obama about the budget because if there was I wonder if there own senators actually had the nerve to vote for it I bet they didn't, cowards how stupid can the american voter be for voting these scum bags in

    August 4, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. steve

    come tea party and gopers NO MORE DEBT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! isnt that the message? why are they doing this.. vote those folks who voted for this handout out of office.. what a bunch of two faced liars.. they should be sent to iraq and used to find ieds.......

    August 4, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. Jilli

    Good job democrats! It's nice to see someone standing up for the working people – lord knows the republicans certainly aren't.

    August 4, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Jeepers

    None of this is going to red states, right?

    August 4, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. RINO

    Snow and and Collins are useless.

    August 4, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. norma

    Let me guess...the states whose Senators tried to block this measure will happily take the money. I even bet a few Republican governors will smile for the photo op with a big check in their hand like they did with the stimulus funds.

    August 4, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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