Shutdowns Never Work
At 11:59 PM EST on January 19, 2018, the United States Senate refused to take up a spending bill which would have kept the government open until February 16, 2018. This bill not only would have kept the federal government open and running efficiently, it would have included many provisions to support people’s health insurance and protect our national security. The legislation included a six year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which provides medical coverage for nine million children across the nation, including 187,000 children in Oklahoma, 25,000 of whom reside in the Fourth District. There are also provisions that would delay Obamacare taxes on many people’s health insurance, and a delay on an Obamacare tax on medical devices. Significantly, the spending bill provided billions of dollars to fund our military, including troops’ pay and funding for important missile defense programs, which are critical during a time of global tensions with North Korea.
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