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Senate Moves State Aid Bill to the House

August 5, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Don’t look now, but legislation is actually moving in the Senate. Congress Daily ($):

The Senate today sent the House a $26 billion state aid package after defeating two amendments from Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., seeking to permanently extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.

The package, which passed 61-39, would provide $16.1 billion to extend for six months increased Medicaid funding for states, known as FMAP. The measure also provides $10 billion for a fund Democrats say will avert 138,000 teacher layoffs. It passed with the support of two Republicans, Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine.

The package actually reduces the deficit by $1.4 billion over 10 years.

Among the offsets is a $1.5 billion cut in renewable-energy loan guarantees, a program that Democrats, including House Speaker Pelosi, have wanted to increase.

Senate Majority Leader Reid said he expects the funding will be replaced. He added that Energy Department “has a huge amount of money they have not spent,” and that the funding is only “temporarily not there.”

The House is going to actually come back next week from recess to vote on this so it can be signed into law before mid-September. Though, if they take the renewable-energy cuts out of the bill like the article suggests, the Senate would have to then take up the revised House version before it can go to Obama. The Senate is scheduled to begin their August recess n Friday, so I’m not sure how that would work.

The bill is H.R.1586, which, right now, doesn’t have a name. It used to be called the “FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act,” but before the Senate passed it they approved a substitute amendment to it that replaces the old text with a completely new text (hence the transformation from Air Modernization to FMAP funding). Apparently, the Dems haven’t decided on a name for it yet. From the text of the substitute amendment:


Section 1. This Act may be cited as the ``__XXXX Act of __XX’’.

Still stuck in the Senate is the small business job creation bill, which would spend about the same amount of money as the bill they passed today and is also estimated to earn the federal government a billion or two in new revenue when all is said and done. The Dems had been hoping to have that bill to point to as an accomplishment on job creation as they head home to meet with constituents over the August recess. It’s hard not to see the Republicans’ unanimous opposition to the bill, blocking the Dems from holding an up-or-down vote, as anything other than a political move than a policy decision.

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  • ExGOP 08/05/2010 4:07pm

    You are absolutely right Donny. The Republican’s only care about regaining POWER. Professor Bob Shrum (NYU) stated today on The Ed Show that the Republican’s want the economy to fail so they can gain seats this November. I thought the same a month ago. It’s just terrible. I think they love power more than money and America.

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    frukit 08/06/2010 1:07am

    Does Anyone In Our Government Know That We Need: Roads Repaired, Bridges Repaired, A New Alternative Energy System Built, Exsisting Power Plants Repaired, New Nuclear Power Plants Built, Water Treatment Plants Built And / Or Upgraded, Billions of Dollars Spent On INFRASTRUCTURE Of These United States.Do You Think That It Would Be Hard, For Our Elected Officials To Take The Necessary Steps, To Employ AMERICANS To WORK On OUR OWN COUNTRY.We Do Have To Live Here,You Know!!-BILLIONS FOR THE WAR MACHINE, NO MONEY FOR THE HOME TEAM ?-WTF

  • LucasFoxx 08/05/2010 5:42pm

    If Lieberman had realized the House wasn’t going to drag it’s feet through the recess, I wonder if he’d have voted for it. Snowe, maybe. But Lieberman seems to love the show stopping amendments offered by his brothers on the® side of the aisle. Maybe he thought everyone was going home. Ooops. Getting a vote out of him is like getting teeth pulled.

  • Chris51 08/06/2010 3:02pm

    Interview with their reason this bill will be put off until after August recess

  • CANDY2011 02/19/2011 4:06pm

    AIR MAX 87
    AIR MAX Terra Niety
    AIR MAX Skyline
    AIR MAX 95
    AIR MAX 93
    AIR MAX 92

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