Senate approves $26B in aid in initial voteNews added by ProWEB Media on August 4, 2010
Gary Linnell

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The Senate's initial vote on a bill that would provide states in need with $26 billion in federal aid this morning surpassed the 60-vote barrier.

Thanks in part to Republican Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, the Senate voted 61-38 in favor of the legislation, which would make available $10 billion in educational funding to prevent teacher layoffs and $16.1 billion in funds for Medicaid.

While the Senate could this week take a final vote in approval of the bill, it would then be sent to the House, which has already recessed for the month of August. As a result, if the bill is passed by both the House and the Senate, it will not be available for Obama's signature until September.
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