House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, first tweeted that she would be calling the chamber back into session next week, and then at an event in Los Angeles, she reconfirmed that she is bringing members back to vote on a $26 billion state aid package that includes Medicaid funding for cash-strapped states, as well as money to save the jobs of some 130,000 teachers, according to estimations from the Department of Education.
"The question was will the house come back...and yes we will early next week," Pelosi said emphatically.
The Senate is on a glide-path to passing the bill Thursday afternoon, and Pelosi's move gives members a critical piece of substantive success to take home to tout in their districts during the month-long summer recess ahead of what could be an historical midterm elections, where some campaign experts estimate the House could flip to GOP control.
And even more critically, the measure that is expected to be on President Obama's desk by the middle of next week, does not increase the deficit, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Republicans have been effectively hammering home a message of "no more deficits", and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. returned to the drawing board to ensure the legislation is budget neutral.
Still, most Republicans chose not to support the bill, with several saying that the bill is nothing more than a big payoff to a traditional Democratic ally, the teachers unions.