Less than a week after swiftly approving a stop-gap spending bill, Republicans introduce new legislation to keep the government up and running through January 19th. The House Appropriations Committee released the latest bill Wednesday, which will allow Congress more time to negotiate a longer-term spending bill.
The government will remain open after a short-term spending bill was pushed through Congress. A short-term spending bill was passed through the House with an overwhelming majority on Thursday, and moved on to the Senate where Democrat votes were needed to reach the 60 vote threshold. Meanwhile, President Trump met with congressional leaders from both parties to negotiate a long-term spending deal.
Congress still shows no long-term solution for saving the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Sources say most lawmakers are confident the program will be funded by the end of this year.
States are preparing for a popular children’s health insurance program to end because of congressional inaction. Nine million low-income children are set to lose health care coverage if Congress doesn’t act soon. Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program known as CHIP is running out after Congress missed a September deadline to renew it for another five years.