SpeakerPelosi: I will be calling the House back into session early next week to save teachers' jobs and help seniors & children #FMAPThis tweet came across the @NV4Research feed just a little while ago and definitely caught our attention. Anyone who works in the DC metro area knows that the level of activity in the city trends pretty well with the level of activity on Capitol Hill (also with the amount of traffic). So it could be a big deal that the House of Representatives will continue to be in session next week instead of out in their districts as previously planned.
We weren't sure what FMAP was, so we looked it up. Federal Medical Assistance Percentages. They're an annual requirement for the Secretary of HHS, so what makes them so special this year? Also, how will they save teachers' jobs?
The New York Times does a good job covering the story and explaining how more funding for Medicaid and medical programs for states means that they can divert funding to supporting teachers and other municipal jobs.
The question now is: will this be the only thing they do? Or will they try to get some other bills passed before heading back to their districts?