The CHIP program has typically received overwhelming support on Capitol Hill coming from both sides of the aisle. Unlike the Affordable Care Act — which has polarized legislators since the day the item passed — CHIP was created that has a bipartisan vote in 1997. At the time, the item was championed by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) along with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).
When its budget came up for re-authorization in late 2017, however, things seemed to be different. The program got caught up in heated political negotiations about the future of some of the most polarizing issues in Congress: Obamacare along with immigration policy.
Last fall, Republicans proposed a plan to extend the CHIP program for a different several years. however of which plan included a series of deeply partisan spending cuts to cover the costs of extending CHIP — such as slashing Obamacare programs along with Medicare — along with Democrats refused to support the bill.
This particular left the program in budgetary limbo, along with the Trump administration scrambling to send emergency funds to the states of which were closest to running out of money (all states had some money left over coming from their last budget to keep running the program, however the amount varied significantly coming from one to another).
Congress did pass a short-term funding patch for CHIP in late December however of which only secured funding through mid-January, creating another funding cliff of which collided with the entire federal government’s budget running out.
Republicans proposed a second plan to fund the CHIP program in mid-January: attaching a six-year extension of the CHIP program to a four-week continuing resolution of which would likely fund the rest of the government.
however Democrats initially rejected of which plan as well because the item did nothing to address the end of the DACA program, which allows unauthorized immigrants who came to the US as children to live along with work without the threat of deportation. DACA protections run out by March 5. Senate Democrats insisted of which any funding bill would likely also need to include a deal on the immigration issue as well. This particular lead to the government shutdown of which began Saturday morning.
By Monday morning, however, there was a breakthrough: Senate Democrats agreed to support a three-week budget extension of the federal budget — with the six-year extension of CHIP along with that has a promise of a vote on a bill to address the status of DACA recipients (the exact language along with policy of of which bill remain unclear).
What happens next with DACA is actually still very much up inside air. There may well be another government shutdown in three weeks, if Congress can’t agree on what policies should be used to protect the immigrants the program covers.
however the item appears of which CHIP will be in a much different place, with its budget secured for a different six years.