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Napolitano Votes to Save Teachers' Jobs, Sustain Medicaid

August 8, 2010
Press Release

(Washington D.C.)- Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano voted in favor of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1586 providing, emergency funding to state governments to retain teachers in our classrooms, police and fire personnel in our communities, and to bolster Medicaid.

The Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act provides a total of $26.1 billion in funding, including $10 billion for education jobs that will keep nearly 140,000 educators employed next year, along with $16 billion for Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) for Medicaid. This bill will be fully paid for by offsets. The Congressional Budget Office estimates this bill will reduce the national deficit by $1.37 billion in 10 years.

“This was a critical vote,” Napolitano said. “This funding will save the jobs of thousands of teachers, policemen, and firefighters, and it will maintain basic medical services for people who cannot afford them. During our current recession, we must have a basic medical security net in place and continue to protect the education and future our young people. We must maintain the right priorities.”