Schumer's Shutdown.

Senator Orrin Hatch
2018-01-20 11:22:05
Dear Friend,  Ensuring that America’s kids have access to quality medical care is among my top priorities in the Senate. That’s why, long ago, I reached across the aisle to create the revolutionary Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

Dear Friend, 

Ensuring that America’s kids have access to quality medical care is among my top priorities in the Senate. That’s why, long ago, I reached across the aisle to create the revolutionary Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

For more than 20 years, CHIP has served as a literal lifeline for millions of children whose families could not otherwise afford health insurance. Without exaggeration, this groundbreaking program has saved thousands of young lives—and it has long stood as a symbol of what our two parties can accomplish when we look beyond the horizon of our differences to find common ground.

Sadly, in today’s Washington, the bipartisan spirit that breathed life into CHIP has been all but snuffed out. As a case in point, Democrats are now holding my healthcare program hostage to their own radical agenda, using it as a bargaining chip in a dangerous political game.

After months of hard work and good-faith negotiation, progressives have effectively walked away from a once-in-a-generation deal to extend CHIP for six years—the longest extension in the program’s history. And unless Republicans cave to their unreasonable demands, the federal government will remain shut down. Completely.

Rather than holding CHIP for ransom, I implore Democrats to work with us not only to reauthorize this beloved program but to approve federal funding and to find a lasting solution for our nation’s Dreamer population. Now is not the time for political brinkmanship but for responsible governance. Millions are depending on us to do the right thing.

Sincerely,

 

Orrin

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