WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi will reconvene the House to consider a jobs bill that had been stalled in the Senate, after lawmakers in the upper chamber found the votes to break a filibuster attempt earlier today.
The Senate today passed a $26 billion state aid bill, comprised of $10 billion for teachers and $16 billion for Medicaid funding, on a vote of 61-39. Both Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken supported it.
The bill had been stalled over concerns that it was too large and not fully paid for. To break the logjam, Senate Democrats reduced the total cost of the measure,
Minnesota had been hoping for hundreds of millions in aid from the bill — and while they won’t get everything they wanted they’ll get more than they were expecting. State officials in June, noting that the bill had heretofor been stuck, recommended taking out a $600 million line of credit so the state wouldn’t run out of cash by next summer.
On the education side, funding is now estimated at about $167 million. The state had hoped for about $408 million in Medicaid money — they’ll get less but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office could not immediately say how much.
The House, which had recessed until September 13, will now reconvene on Tuesday to consider this bill alone. “The House welcomes the passage tomorrow by the Senate of the long-delayed support for teachers, nurses and urgent services for children and seniors and people with disabilities,” Pelosi said, predicting the measure would pass in her chamber.
“As millions of children prepare to go back to school — many in just a few days — the House will act quickly to approve this legislation once the Senate votes. In consultation with our leadership, I am calling Members of the House back to Washington at the beginning of the week to pass this bill and send it to President Obama without further delay.”
President Obama is expected to sign the measure when it reaches his desk.