oday, Congressman Bill Owens returned to Washington amidst a six-week work period in Upstate New York to vote in favor of a measure that is estimated to save 319,000 American jobs in education, law enforcement, public safety and health care fields. The U.S. House of Representatives was called back into session today to consider the bill, the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, which passed today with Owens' support by a vote of 247-161. The legislation is fully paid for and is estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to cut the deficit $1.4 billion over the next decade.
"This legislation keeps teachers in the classroom, police on the streets, and nurses in local health care facilities by helping to fill holes in state and local budgets," said Owens. "My top priority is job creation, and I believe we need a well educated workforce which can take advantage of developing technology. The funding of Medicaid saves jobs as well as vital health care facilities in our communities."
The Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, H.R. 1586, will prevent layoffs in critical public service professions through $2 billion in assistance to New York State. This fiscally responsible legislation is offset in part by closing tax loopholes for large corporations that encourage the outsourcing of American jobs.
The legislation provides over $530 million in direct assistance to county governments to help with Medicaid funding shortfalls, which will allow them to avoid property tax increases.