August 10, 2010
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Congresswoman Susan Davis Votes to Save Education Jobs and Health Care Funding
House votes to send education and Medicaid funding to states
Washington – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) voted to save San Diego education jobs and Medicaid assistance. In a special session, the House approved deficit-neutral funding so states can keep vital services going, especially in the crucial areas of education and health care.
The House passed the Education Jobs & Medicaid Assistance Act (H.R. 1586) by a vote of 247-161 – sending the legislation to the President for signature.
“This bill will help take some of the budget strain off California and other states that are making tough decisions on cuts to important services,” said Davis. “Educating our children is key to the long-term strategy of restoring our economy and providing a world-class education so our children can compete in the global economy.”
The bill will provide about $23 million to San Diego Unified School District. In 2009, the Recovery Act saved more that 2,900 jobs that were on the chopping block.
San Diego health networks will also receive millions of dollars in funding to treat Medi-Cal patients. H.R. 1586 will provide over $1 billion overall in funding in emergency Medicaid funding for California.
The bill is completely paid for in part by closing a tax loophole that rewards corporations that ship American jobs overseas.