Guam – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1586, the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, by a vote of 247 yeas to 161 noes.
The U.S. Senate passed its amendment to H.R. 1586 on August 5, 2010, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a rare act, reconvened the House after adjourning for the August recess in order to pass this legislation before the start of the school year.
The Senate Amendment to H.R. 1586 would provide a total of $10 billion for an Education Jobs Fund and $16.1 billion in Medicaid Assistance to the states and territories.
Guam will receive approximately $20,146,108 in financial assistance to support elementary and secondary education jobs. These additional funds will be administered by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Senate Amendment to H.R. 1586 also provides increased assistance to Guam and the U.S. territories for the federal Medicaid program.
This new funding increases Guam’s Medicaid cap by an additional $2 million in the second and third quarters of Fiscal Year 2011.
During the negotiations around the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act last year, Congresswoman Bordallo worked together with the other Delegates from the territories to increase the Medicaid funding by 30%. The Senate Amendment to H.R. 1586 extends this increase in Medicaid funds, which was set to expire at the end of December 2010.
In a release, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo states: “Over $20 million has been allocated by this bill for education related jobs on Guam, and these funds will assist the Guam Department of Education in averting teacher layoffs by providing federal resources as we begin the school year. This bill also increases the Medicaid cap and will assist the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services in providing healthcare to our community. President Obama and Congress continue to take serious measures to avoid a further slowdown in our economy during these difficult economic times.”