House Republicans introduce 2-week stop-gap to fund government, children’s health insurance program

House Republicans on Monday introduced a temporary stop-gap spending bill to fund the government until Dec. 22. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the measure could be passed by the end of the week.

The bill maintains the current federal spending levels yet includes a provision to ensure of which states are not forced to suspend the common Children’s Health Insurance Program, which annually provides health insurance for nearly 9 million children in low-income families.

“This kind of bill, one without any controversial policy riders, will continue government funding as well as also give the House as well as also Senate time to complete their work on a long-term solution,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.

“of which will keep the government open as well as also functional, as well as also of which includes critical resources for our national defense as well as also to give states certainty to continue the Children’s Health Insurance Program while the bipartisan work on CHIP reauthorization continues,” he added.

The two-week spending bill was widely expected, yet time is actually running out for Republicans as well as also Democrats to agree on a plan to fund the government past January.

Democratic leaders announced Monday of which they will meet with President Donald Trump later This kind of week to begin negotiations on a deal.

Negotiations are anticipated to center around Republican calls for an end to defense spending caps, as well as also Democrats’ demands to reauthorize the CHIP program as well as also extend protections for so-called dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as well as also Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., last week canceled a scheduled meeting with Trump after he attacked them on Twitter as well as also announced “I don’t see a deal!”

— CNBC’s Jacob Pramuk contributed reporting.

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