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Lawmakers react to government shutdown

Lawmakers react to government shutdown

The House passed the short-term funding legislation, which would keep the government going until February 16.

But by midday today, the chances of a shutdown appeared to be rising. Democrats, while hardly less partisan, were more willing to work with Republicans when they ran the House from 2007-11.

As a doctor and a father, I couldn't imagine voting against a bill that ensures children get access to the care they need.

There are some issues facing Congress that seem like "no-brainers".

You add it all up, and the Trump brand is, to borrow from the president's favorite term these days, a shithole.

Georgetown's Alker said CHIP funding was also sidetracked by the debates over repealing the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, which the Republican-led Congress accomplished in its tax-reform bill in December.

"The President supports the continuing resolution introduced in the House", said White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah.

But Democrats pressed their advantage. Sen.

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It stems from GOP leaders' adherence to a procedure barring consideration of measures without the support of a majority of House Republicans, preventing the bipartisan legislating most Americans prefer and which could help restore Congress as a functional legislative body.

"Who knows?" Schumer asked. The current CR extends funding for several anomalies included in previous CRs, including funding for the National Flood Insurance Program, intelligence activities via emergency missile defense funding, the Child Nutrition Programs, among others. "I happened into a situation at a very specific time in American history in which I was able to say something that hopefully at least made people pay attention if not anything else". The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) needs funding, everyone agrees, to keep health care coming for poor sick children.

"Unfortunately, Senate Democrats prefer to shut down the government because they insist on including DACA in the legislation", he said. Most important, why was the CHIP program allowed to expire and be used as negotiating [point] in the first place?

But this week, Republicans have postured as the champions of CHIP, which began under President Bill Clinton.

"I feel that it makes no sense for Democrats to try and bring us to a shutdown, to try and cut off CHIP funding for states that are running out of money like Minnesota, and Washington, and Kentucky, and other states", House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday. "This is nothing. This CHIP should have been done in September". "It's unfortunate and kind of curious that Republicans chose to make it an issue Democrats care about this year as opposed to saying, well, it's children's health insurance, let's keep that bipartisan". Now we have the option of delivering six years, the longest extension in the history of the program. "I certainly hope that's the way they look at it".

His position threw a wrench into congressional Republicans' plans to use CHIP as leverage to gain Democratic votes without including legal protections for young undocumented people in the funding bill, as Democrats have demanded.

Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century.

Trump responded: "But I think that's what she's saying".


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