Today the Senate passed a $26 billion state aid bill. The funding package will set up a $10 billion Education Jobs Fund to spare teachers from layoffs. It would also disperse $16.1 billion in Medicaid funding to states struggling to balance their budgets.
The house interrupted its normal six week recess specifically to vote on this emergency bill. Last week, Pelosi had announced the special vote via Twitter, justifying the meeting by saying that in order “to save teachers’ jobs”, the bill had to pass this month, before the school year begins. The bill is now going to the House, where they will also hold a special session next week for a final vote on this bill.
Christi Grab is Parentella’s Editorial Director and author of The Unexpected Circumnavigation: Unusual Boat, Unusual People Part 1 – San Diego to Australia. She is currently working on book two of the series.
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