Senate Passes Aid Bill, Drags House Back
State aid bill makes it through filibuster
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2010 8:03 AM CDT
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks to reporters in this June 10, 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – The House is headed back to Washington early, after Senate Democrats unexpectedly broke through a Republican filibuster on their much-delayed state aid bill. The bill provides $26.1 billion to prevent state worker and teacher layoffs. Democrats got Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe to once again cross the aisle and bring their vote tally to 61 by agreeing to pay for the bill with cuts to their own priorities, like the food stamp program, Politico reports.

The House will return to session Monday, and is expected to pass the bill on Tuesday. An excited Nancy Pelosi tweeted that she’s bringing the House back “to save teachers’ jobs and help seniors & children.” The measure helps states in part by expanding the amount Washington pays to fund their Medicaid payments. “It was a difficult decision,” said Collins. “Once it was paid for appropriately, it took away one of the major concerns I had.”