The Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for a $26 billion package of aid to states and school districts, and the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said she would summon members from their summer recess to grant final approval to the bill.
New York finally got some good news from Congress on Wednesday when the
Senate pushed forward $2.6 billion in aid for the state, after two
months of lost votes on the issue threatened to blow big holes in local
and state budgets.
This week, the U.S. Senate finally overcame a filibuster by conservative Senators to move emergency Medicaid funding through the first half of 2011 and provide key funding for education jobs. This action is critical for state budgets and will protect both medical services and education programs in states across the country. Unforuntately, due to over-hyped deficit concerns, the total cost of the package is offset by spending cuts, including an $11 billion cut in Food Stamps, along with closing a tax loophole for multinational corporations.