Larson Blasts House GOP for Further Delaying Funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers
Washington, D.C. – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) opposed the partisan package the Republicans passed today in the House. The Republican package further delays the extension of Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Center (CHC) funding, by attaching poison pills that undermine components of the Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing the health coverage of thousands of Americans.
“For the past 20 years CHIP funding has consistently been approved on a bipartisan basis. The Republicans are playing politics with the lives of children and are harming our communities by making CHIP and CHC funding partisan. A clean extension is ultimately what will be needed. It’s time for House Republicans to stop this further delay and bring up a clean reauthorization for the children and families that rely on these essential programs,” said Larson. “I am also disappointed that it has taken over a month to even bring up the reauthorization of this vital funding to our communities. This Congress lacks a fierce urgency of now. My Republican colleagues are not putting the American people first and are instead playing partisan politics.”
This partisan package will not pass the Senate, delaying funding and requiring another vote down the line. Larson instead supported the Democratic package that invests in children, safety net providers, and doesn’t sabotage fellow Americans’ health care. Larson has previously reprimanded Republicans for lacking a “fierce urgency of now”, and not reauthorizing CHIP and CHC funding.