FMAP clears key test vote

After months of starts, stops and delays, a bill providing federal assistance to Pennsylvania and other states cleared a cloture vote this morning, with 61 Senators supporting a motion to end debate on the legislation.

Both Pennsylvania Democrats, Bob Casey and Arlen Specter, voted “yes,” and set the stage for a Thursday vote on the bill.

The measure would still need to pass the House, but Pennsylvania officials say they’d expect the bill to easily clear the Democrat-controlled lower chamber. If it’s signed into law, about $600 million of an $850 million gap in Pennsylvania’s budget would be filled with federal money.

Governor Rendell is holding a conference call in 10 minutes. I’ll post his reaction to the vote as soon as the availability wraps up.

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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