111th Congress Expected to Pass Economic Stimulus Legislation Quickly
This week, Democrats continued to lay groundwork for an economic stimulus bill to be considered soon after the new Congress convenes.
The House Appropriations Committee held a hearing on the anticipated economic recovery bill, which Democratic leaders intend to introduce in January. The hearing featured a number of governors, who made the case for increased aid to states to be included in such a stimulus bill.
Specifically, in recent weeks, governors have asked for increased federal funding for Medicaid, infrastructure projects, unemployment insurance and food stamps.
In regards to increased Medicaid funding, BIAA supports a Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities letter sent this week to Congressional leaders. The letter urges the inclusion of a significant increase in the Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) in the anticipated economic stimulus legislation. The letter urges that at a minimum, an economic stimulus package include $40 billion in additional Medicaid funding over two years, and that part of this funding be targeted towards expanding Medicaid home and community based services.