WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBW) - Congress cleared a major hurdle Wednesday on the way to the passage of a massive $26 billion 'jobs bill' that would send New York State about $2 billion in funding.
The Senate voted to break a Republican filibuster on Wednesday allowing the bill to come to the floor for a vote later this week. The House of Representatives is expected to return from recess to pass the measure, sending it to the President for his signature next week.
The spending bill would proved $1.4 billion in Medicaid (FMAP) funding to New York State, along with an additional $600 million that will be sent to state school districts to prevent program and teacher cuts.
Official estimates say that the funding could save approximately 7,100 teaching jobs across New York State.
Lawmakers concerned with adding to the defecit were able to include provisions and reforms to other programs that would ensure the bill is paid for without additional borrowing.
Many school districts, who have already passed budgets that include cuts to programs and staff, could use the funding to bring back teaching jobs and continue programs slated to end.
The funding would provide a boost for schools this year, though as New York State stares at another gaping defecit for next year, districts could find themselves in a similar situation next August.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is set to release the county-by-county funding numbers Thursday afternoon.