Thompson supports bill that funds CHIP for six years

21 January, 2018, 01:49 | Author: Rita Burton
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I voted for this measure and I am a cosponsor of a bill to extend the CHIP program.

Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel unloaded on President Trump and leading Republicans over the looming government shutdown on Thursday night, slamming the GOP for using "children's healthcare" as a "bargaining tool". The New York Times reported that the Congressional Budget Office contends funding CHIP is actually less expensive than enrolling the children in Medicaid or subsidizing their coverage through the federal marketplace. "These families can not wait and I urge the Senate to pass the measure in front of them today (Friday) to provide certainty for our children's healthcare", said Governor Sandoval.

The extension of CHIP funding is important for Democrats, who have strenuously complained that federal funding for the program was allowed to lapse last fall.

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"I've said it before, and I'll say it again". The Governor also expressed his continued support for the DACA program.

Almost 9 million children across the country are enrolled in the program. They claim they don't want to shut down the government, so it seems to me it would be a rather attractive package. Democrats have been pushing for the bill to include some deportation protections for Dreamers, or the children brought to the country illegally and covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Kimmel responded by saying that Trump was "absolutely correct".

CHIP actually flatlined in September, when Congress initially failed to renew funding. Most House Democrats are expected to oppose the bill.

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