FMAP Clears Cloture Vote in Senate

August 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm Leave a comment

Here’s some great news. FMAP was passed today in the Senate, thanks to your phone calls, but the fight isn’t over yet since it will go back to the House.

Update – Courtesy of our National Association ANCOR

With a vote of 61 to 38, the Senate agreed to end debate and to take a final vote on HR 1586, which contains $16.1 billion in and Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) aid to states and is paid for with a variety of spending rescissions.

The vote came after Senate Democrats teamed up with Republican and Democratic governors for lobbying to help bring at least one Republican to vote with Democrats. Senators Snowe (R-ME) and Collins (R-ME) provided the GOP votes and Senator Nelson (D-NE) also voted in favor of ending debate. A cloture vote requires 60 Senators to vote in favor of ending discussion on a measure, but the final vote requires a simple 51 vote majority.

It is unclear when the final vote will take place, but it is expected to occur this week. The House is not in session but Speaker Pelosi said she would call the House into session next week.

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