Congress Passes Emergency Aid for States

August 11, 2010

The House of Representatives approved legislation Tuesday that will give states $26 billion to save teachers' jobs and bolster Medicaid programs -- funds that, by plugging holes in state budgets, could shield many public colleges from deep cuts. While the passage of the legislation relieved educators in many states, it is controversial among some of them because Congress is paying for the legislation by cutting food stamp payments for the needy.

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