January 14, 2018
Congress must act by Friday or government could shut down
Multiple intertwined issues remain unresolved: the need to extend funding once again to keep the government open after January 19, enacting a permanent legislative solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and renewing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Congress must resolve these issues or pass another stopgap funding bill by midnight this Friday — or we’ll have a partial government shutdown.
Tell Congress to pass the Dream Act now!
Negotiations have intensified as Congress seeks a deal on DACA. Since September, when President Trump declared an end to the DACA program, 800,000 people brought to this country as young children have been living in fear, not knowing what their future holds. The Dream Act, the most inclusive solution for DACA recipients and others brought to the United States as children, provides multiple pathways to citizenship via higher education, military service, or employment. Click on the take action button to call members of Congress and tell them to pass the Dream Act now!
Tell Congress to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program
The short-term patch announced just three weeks ago is fraying: some states are already running out of money to provide health care for the 9 million children and 350,000 pregnant women covered by CHIP. Ten states — Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, and Washington — plus the District of Columbia, will likely run out of CHIP funds before the end of February, according to a new report from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families. Click on the take action button and tell your representatives in Congress that a short-term fix is not enough. GOP leadership needs to allow CHIP to be fully renewed!
Cheers and Jeers
Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Jack Reed (D-RI) for leading the Senate sign-on letter urging President Trump to include public schools in his comprehensive infrastructure package
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) for objecting to the administration’s announcement that it will allow states to limit Medicaid coverage for unemployed people. “This action by the Trump administration goes after people who are just trying to get by while taking care of their kids or elderly parents, struggling with a chronic condition, or going to school,” Wyden said.
Trump administration for erecting new barriers to Medicaid coverage