The House reconvened today, breaking its summer recess to vote on a state-aid package--$16 billion for state Medicaid funding and another $10 billion for education aid--that Democrats, coincidentally, want to make into a campaign issue. Vote against it, they say, and you vote against the teachers.
As Hotline OnCall's Reid Wilson notes, two Republican congressmen voted for it: Louisiana's Joseph Cao and Delaware's Mike Castle.
Notes on the votes: Cao was also the only Republican to vote for the health care reform bill in the House before eventually voting against it on final passage in March; Castle, meanwhile, is running for Senate in the purple state of Delaware, currently leading Democratic opponent Chris Coons by somewhere in the neighborhood
of 11 to 13 percentage points.
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and a reporter for The Hill