Senate Moves EduJobs and FMAP Funding

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Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 6:37 pm

This evening, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) attached an amendment with funding to preserve teachers’ jobs and to provide much-needed Medicaid funding to states to a Federal Aviation Administration bill. The amendment is fully paid-for, and the FAA bill is just a vehicle. Reid filed cloture, meaning the Senate will vote on the provisions on Monday.

The amendment includes $10 billion in funding for teachers’ jobs and $16.1 billion in funding for the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages, or FMAP, program, which provides Medicaid funding to states. For offsets, it closes foreign tax credit loopholes to raise $9 billion; it also cuts $2 billion from Medicaid drug pricing, $8.4 billion in rescissions and $6.7 billion from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps.

There were no further details released at the time. At first blush, cutting food stamps to pay for Medicaid — both problems aid the most economically distressed Americans — and teachers’ jobs seems like a hard compromise to swallow, though it is unclear when the cuts will take effect and what portions will be cut. Rep. Dave Obey (D-Wis.) recently said the White House suggested cutting SNAP to pay for teachers’ jobs.

States have crusaded for Congress to provide promised funds, held up primarily by Senate Republicans concerned about deficit-spending. $24 billion in Medicaid funding died with the jobs bill, or H.R. 4213, eventually stripped down to just its unemployment extension portion. And Senate Democratic leadership stripped teachers’ jobs funding from the war supplemental bill.

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Comment posted July 29, 2010 @ 10:55 pm

[...] funds, held up primarily by Senate Republicans concerned about deficit-spending.

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Comment posted July 30, 2010 @ 12:04 am

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Comment posted July 30, 2010 @ 2:48 am

Thats just great, you idots in washington. Take away the peoples money by waiting so long for unemployment extensions, not giving the extensions to the 99ers that need it. Now, you are taking away their food source. I really believe that Washington has screwed up more now that in the history of people in the Government. Be pepared to see what you have caused : making people suffer and still living your life style at the tax payers expense. Come this November, you will see just what kind of a great job you are doing. People, it's time to take back control of the Government as our four fathers intended us to do.


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