FMAP clears key test vote
August 4, 2010 Leave a comment
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.