Lawmakers in this state counted on those dollars when they approved a budget earlier this year. Without them, the state faced a shortfall of slightly more than $300 million.
The federal bill also will bring about $205 million in education funding, which will help cover salaries of about 3,000 teachers. That money had not been counted upon for the balancing of the budget.
Democratic Reps. Jay Inslee and Rick Larsen, who represent Snohomish County, voted for the bill, which passed by a 247-161 margin.
“We’re going to have almost 3,000 teachers laid off (in Washington) if we don’t pass this bill,” Inslee said