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Then Congressional Republicans should quit playing games & pass a real long term budget. But doing that would prevent them from being able to use programs like CHIP as bargaining chips like what they're doing right now.
They could've addressed CHIP and the DACA recipients in separate legislation any time they wanted to. But they want the DACA deadline to run out without a fix a month and a half from now so that hundreds of thousands of people can get deported. Why would any of you expect the Democratic Party to go along with that? The Republican refusal to address either of those issues is precisely why Democrats are taking a stand now.
Senate Republicans have now said there will be a DACA related vote by early February (HERE). But why should we believe them?
Trump's DACA deadline is March 5th, meaning that their permits can't be renewed from that day on unless Trump changes the deadline again.
Agreed they should pass a budget, but they're not using CHIP as a bargaining tool; the proposed CR included 6 years of CHIP budget. The Republicans voted overwhelmingly to stop debate so it could be voted on; the Democrats voted overwhelmingly to keep flapping their lips. If anyone is using CHIP as a bargaining tool, it's the Democrats in the Senate.
There was a rush on CHIP... and the Democrats, not the Republicans, forced it to expire over an issue that was not budget-related, that was already being discussed for another bill, had no bill or resolution available to attach, and was not about to expire.
Senate Republican and Democratic bargainers reached agreement late Tuesday to extend financing for the children's health insurance program for five years, a pact that if approved would avert an end-of-month cash crunch for the popular program.
In a concession to Republicans, the agreement would phase out extra federal funds that have gone to states for the program since the additional money was mandated as part of President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law.
Money for the federal-state program is due to expire at the end of September. The program provides health coverage to around 8 million low-income children and pregnant women.
It was initially unclear how the agreement would fare in the Senate and the House.
But the two negotiators — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and that panel's top Democrat, Ron Wyden of Oregon — work closely with party leaders. In addition, having embarrassingly failed in this year's attempt to repeal Obama's health care statute, Republicans and President Donald Trump are eager for an accomplishment and would be unlikely to stymie the continuation of such a widely supported initiative.
It was also unclear if the pact would move quickly and by itself through Congress, or become a vehicle for other, less widely backed legislation.
That's a straight up lie and you know it. Here's an article from September 13th...
But like I keep saying, your Republican leadership in both chambers of Congress simply refused to put it up for a vote.
September 13, 2017, 7:10 AM
When Democrats are in power, anything wrong is the Democrats' fault. When both parties are splitting power, anything wrong is the Democrats' fault. And when Republicans have all of the power including "the House, the Senate, the White House, and 82% of elected seats in the country" like the OP of this very thread admitted [...], you guys still blame the Democrats if something goes wrong.
Months-long uncertainty over the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) ended Monday after Congress passed a six-year reauthorization of the program.
CHIP expired Sept. 30, 2017, but states have been using unused money from last year to keep their programs going.
Reauthorization of the program that covers 9 million low-income children has passed with little controversy in past years, but this time around, Democrats and Republicans could not agree on how to pay for it.
While House Republicans passed a CHIP funding bill in November, Democrats voted against it and the Senate ignored it.
The two parties squabbled over the program in the past week, with Republicans attaching CHIP to a short-term spending bill to get Democratic support.
However, that backfired when the bill couldn't get enough votes in the Senate, resulting in a three-day government shutdown.