Republicans in Congress thought they had a grand solution: They pitched Democrats a deal to do a one-month extension of overall government funding and a six-year extension of CHIP money. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Republicans would take the blame for any shutdown, as they control the presidency and both houses of Congress.
If Congress fails to reach a deal to avert a government shutdown at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, federal workers won't be the only ones worrying.
Senate GOP leaders prepared to force Democrats into a series of uncomfortable votes, aimed at splitting their ranks by pitting moderates from states that Trump won against party leaders and the handful of outspoken liberals considering a run for the presidency. It's now within the GOP's power to pass a permanent extension, but as they themselves have admitted, that removes their power to use the program as a bargaining chip every few years. The Governor also expressed his continued support for the DACA program.
Some states, like Connecticut, Colorado and Virginia, have already sent parents letters about how their children may lose health insurance next month as funding runs out.
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"There are more than 40,000 low-income families desperately waiting for CHIP re-authorization to ensure access to healthcare. He will not let it be held hostage by Democrats", Shah said.
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump supported the House bill. CHIP may be the casualty of a massive tug-of-war game in Congress.
Lawmakers in Washington have known the money would be running out since the fall of 2017.
"CBO updated their score and gave us the momentum to push a long-term CHIP extension across the finish line", Hatch says, although as recently as December Hatch himself was on the Senate floor saying, "The reason CHIP's having trouble is because we don't have money anymore". House Speaker Paul Ryan accused Democrats who oppose the bill of wanting to shut down the government and deny funding for the military and children's health insurance. Remember how they failed, but then kind of succeeded in the tax bill when they managed to repeal the individual mandate? It is administered by states but is jointly funded by state and federal governments.