201 Democrats Just Voted Against Extending CHIP Funding through March 201 Democrats Just Voted Against Extending CHIP Funding through March – NTK Network

201 Democrats Just Voted Against Extending CHIP Funding through March

The GOP put together a budget deal to extend government funding through mid-January, and funding for children's health insurance through March. More than 200 Democrats voted against it.

By NTK Staff | 12.22.2017 @11:00am
201 Democrats Just Voted Against Extending CHIP Funding through March

In the last week, budget negotiators in the House and the Senate put together a deal that extends government funding through January 19.

More importantly, the budget deal extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through March. CHIP had faced an end to funding, with health insurance for millions of American children at risk.

The Associated Press reported of the deal:

Lawmakers scurrying to leave the Capitol for the holidays approved a short-term patch Thursday designed to keep state programs operating through March, though some Republicans said federal officials think the money would run out by early February. The money was part of a bill averting a weekend federal shutdown. Congress had approved a previous stopgap solution for the children’s health program that was about to expire.

As AP also reported, some Democrats are saber-rattling on CHIP, claiming the GOP only cares about “tax cuts for the rich and powerful,” as Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) put it.

But Merkley and 200 other Democrats in the House and Senate voted against the spending package that extended CHIP funding through March.

More than 170 House Democrats voted against the bill, and only 14 suppored it. And 29 Senate Democrats voted against the bill, while the other 17 members of their caucus supported the bill.

These 201 Democrats will have to return to their districts for the holiday season, and may have to answer to their constituents why they voted against extending funding for children’s health insurance.

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