The Texas House of Representatives approved its Medicaid supplemental spending bill today. Last legislative session, lawmakers did not set aside enough money to fund the program through the end of this year. House Bill 10 closes that $4 billion gap.

The bill had bipartisan support, and today’s vote was unanimous. Democrats had sparked a small floor debate last week over a Republican-supported rules change. The measure prevented them from setting aside some of the money in the Medicaid bill to help offset the $5.4 billion in education cuts made in 2011.

Those lawmakers eventually withdrew their amendments. House Speaker Joe Straus has promised that education funding will be addressed in a separate appropriations bill in the next few weeks.