Today the US Senate vote 61 in favor and 38 opposed to end debate on the FMAP extension bill. This effectively stopped a GOP filibuster of the legislation and has paved the was for passage of this critical bill. The second vote taken today by the Senate was a motion to concur, this also passed with a 61 in favor and 38 opposed vote.
It is expected that the Senate will take up the final vote on the FMAP extension bill either later today or tomorrow. The House, which is in August break, will most likely be called back to DC to vote sometime this month.
So what does this mean for North Carolina? It means that NC will see $343 million in FMAP/Medicaid funding come into the state. This will be a big help in closing the $500 million deficit that would have occurred if this bill did not pass. In addition the state will see $300 million in education funding targeted to protect teacher jobs. Critical funding as we approach the start of a new school year.