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house Bill H.R. 195

Funding the Gov't Until February 8, Extending CHIP for 6 Years, and Delaying Obamacare Taxes

Argument in favor

This continuing resolution is needed to keep the government open while Congress negotiates a long-term deal. It also wisely reauthorizes CHIP for six years to provide healthcare for children, provides funding for the military’s missile defense activities, and lengthens delays to several Obamacare taxes.

Barbara's Opinion
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01/17/2018
Better than nothing but get your shit together and do your jobs. Quit playing games with peoples’ lives.
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Pat's Opinion
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01/18/2018
A few deplorable Republicans started a trend of threatening shutdowns unless they got something unrelated added to the bill. Time for Democrats to be the adults in the room and end this trend.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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01/18/2018
Both sides get off of you BUTTS and do your elected duties that your constituents want you to do. Quit procrastinating and work together.......NOW
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Argument opposed

There comes a time when Congress has to stop kicking the can down the road and do its job. While the bill at least reauthorizes CHIP, the government should still shutdown because this bill does nothing to address the status of the so-called Dreamers or provide a full year’s funding for the military.

Christina's Opinion
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01/18/2018
Children's health insurance isn't a political bargaining tool and six years isn't enough. It's cheaper for the government to reauthorize CHIP for ten years and a clean Dream Act is a moral imperative.
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Michael777's Opinion
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01/18/2018
It is APPALLING that the Republicans have done more procrastination and kicking the can down the road under a Republican President than under a Democratic one! They JUST chose to increase our deficit by $1.5 trillion to give their rich donors (and themselves) needlessly big tax cuts, and yet that they have a hard time to find the money for a full 10-year funding of CHIP and a fair DREAM Act? This is BS!
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TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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01/17/2018
Shut it down. Shut everything down. You're (correctly) worried about deficits in light of the tax cuts? Then don't raise the debt ceiling. Don't perpetuate the cycle. End it here.
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  • EnactedJanuary 22nd, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed December 21st, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed January 22nd, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 266 Yea / 150 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Administration
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 195?

This bill was amended from its original form to serve as the legislative vehicle for extending government funding through February 8, 2018; reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years; provide missile defense funding; and extend delays to healthcare taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). It would also provide back pay for members of the military and federal workers furloughed due to a government shutdown during fiscal year 2018. The government shutdown ran out of funding on January 19. Originally, the bill restricted the distribution of free, printed copies of the Federal Register to members of Congress and other officers and employees of the U.S. A summary of the bill in its current form can be found below.

Continuing Resolution

This section of the bill would provide funding to keep the government operating at its current spending levels through February 8, 2018. It would also provide funding for missile defense activities, NASA space programs, the Dept. Agriculture’s Electronic Benefits Transfer summer program, Small business Administration 7(a) loans, and make adjusts to subsidized Section 8 housing vouchers for areas affected by major disasters. It would also provide back pay for members of the military and federal workers who were furloughed because of a government shutdown during fiscal year 2018.

CHIP Reauthorization

This section of the bill would extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through fiscal year 2023. Additionally, it’d reauthorize the following through FY2022:

  • Qualifying-states option, which lets states that provided coverage to now CHIP-eligible children prior to CHIP’s enactment continue to provide coverage.

  • Express-lane eligibility option, which allows states to use eligibility finding from other public benefit programs to determine children’s eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP.

Beginning in fiscal year 2020, state child-health plans would be allowed to adopt more restrictive eligibility standards for children in families whose income exceeds 300 percent of the poverty line.

The bill would extend funding for the Childhood Obesity Demonstration Project and the Pediatric Quality Measures Program through 2023. Funding for outreach and enrollment grants would also be extended, and “parent-mentors” trained to assist families with children who don’t have health insurance would be eligible to receive them.

Under current law states are provided with an enhanced Federal Matching Assistance Percentage (FMAP) through fiscal year 2019. This bill would maintain the enhanced FMAP in fiscal year 2020 before returning to the pre-Obamacare matching rate in FY2021, FY2022, and FY2023.

Healthcare Tax  Provisions

The imposition of a 2.3 percent medical device tax would be delayed for two years, so it wouldn’t apply during the 2018 or 2019 calendar years. The so-called “Cadillac tax”, which taxes high-cost employer healthcare coverage, would be delayed until 2022 instead of taking effect in 2020. The annual tax on health insurers would be delayed by one year so that it wouldn’t take effect in calendar year 2019.

Impact

Children receiving health insurance through CHIP; and the federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 195

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) introduced this continuing resolution to maintain funding for the government and prevent a shutdown while Congress continues to negotiate a longer term spending agreement:

“Once again, a Continuing Resolution is needed to provide government funding and avoid a shutdown. My hope is that House and Senate Leadership and the White House can reach consensus quickly on a budget agreement, so that essential Appropriations work on all 12 government funding bills can be completed. We are now four months into the 2018 Fiscal Year, and Congress must act as soon as possible to ensure that proper, year-long funding for our national defense and other critical federal programs is enacted.”

Democrats have threatened to withhold their support for a continuing resolution if Republicans don’t first agree to address the status of the so-called Dreamers, who will lose their legal status with the expiration of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in March.

The White House said in a  statement of administration policy that "short-term funding measures are not ideal, but a lapse in funding for the Federal Government would be even more harmful for our military and our national security." It added that if this legislation were to arrive on President Donald Trump's desk that he would sign it into law.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: mj0007 / iStock)

AKA

Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend title 44, United States Code, to restrict the distribution of free printed copies of the Federal Register to Members of Congress and other officers and employees of the United States, and for other purposes.

    Better than nothing but get your shit together and do your jobs. Quit playing games with peoples’ lives.
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    Children's health insurance isn't a political bargaining tool and six years isn't enough. It's cheaper for the government to reauthorize CHIP for ten years and a clean Dream Act is a moral imperative.
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    It is APPALLING that the Republicans have done more procrastination and kicking the can down the road under a Republican President than under a Democratic one! They JUST chose to increase our deficit by $1.5 trillion to give their rich donors (and themselves) needlessly big tax cuts, and yet that they have a hard time to find the money for a full 10-year funding of CHIP and a fair DREAM Act? This is BS!
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    Shut it down. Shut everything down. You're (correctly) worried about deficits in light of the tax cuts? Then don't raise the debt ceiling. Don't perpetuate the cycle. End it here.
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    All these sketchy bills, trying to sneak in things so no one will notice.. I'm for more clean bills! Fund CHIP! Help the ACA be successful!! Just do your job.
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    Congress just keeps kicking the can down the road again and again. We just keep moving from one manufactured budget crisis to another and we always assume that next month Congress will get its act together and it never does. Pass a real budget that actually funds the government for an entire year! And stop holding DACA children hostage!
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    A few deplorable Republicans started a trend of threatening shutdowns unless they got something unrelated added to the bill. Time for Democrats to be the adults in the room and end this trend.
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    Fund the government for another 4 weeks while Congress negotiates a long-term deal? Really? WTF happened to the time between Sept 30 and Dec 19? Or the time between Dec 19 and Jan 19? Are the American people to believe you just need 4 more weeks to get your shit together? Sorry, I am not buying it. I am also not buying a CR that drastically changes the way the Affordable Care Act was designed. In case members of the House have forgotten, conveniently I am sure, the purpose of a CR is to CONTINUE funding the government at current levels until, again, you can get your act together. They should not be used to bribe members of either party to go along with your irresponsibility by including issues unrelated to CURRENT government spending. If the GOP-led house can't govern and keep the lights on in DC, maybe it is time to replace them all - either through term limits or elections.
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    Both sides get off of you BUTTS and do your elected duties that your constituents want you to do. Quit procrastinating and work together.......NOW
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    Republicans need to stop holding children and Dreamers hostage to the CR.
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    It’s time for Congress to stop kicking the can down the road. Fund the government. Pass a budget funding CHIP and DACA. If the government shuts down, it’s on the Republicans. Once again, Democrats have had no say in the construction of this bill.
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    Take care of our dreamers or shut it down.
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    I’m not much for CR’s. But I am for our military. In the past Pelosi and Schumer blamed a shut-down on the GOP saying it was legislative arson and created chaos. Now they CHOOSE DACA over our military and blame the GOP. Shame on them! There’s isn’t even a looming deadline for DACA—we have until March 5th on that one. So while DACA is being negotiated (still) in good faith, and the house has passed all 12 appropriation bills which sit in the Senate not being passed, but instead being filibustered by the DEMS, they demand DACA get amnesty or the military won’t get paid and children’s healthcare will suffer. You libs, Nay on 6 yrs vs 10 for CHIPS—again you’d rather have no loaf of bread vs half a loaf...and which party you claim cares about children? DACA is NOT a moral imperative; protecting our country and those whom serve that function is. Having said that, with the 12 appropriations in order, House and Senate stop the madness, after this CR, and pass a budget. NO more kicking the can down the road, we’ve run out of road and the sane citizens have run out of patience. Unless of course you are talking about the Progressives whom will see everyone hurt to garner future voters by importing immigrants—legal or not—and whom will resist this President at every turn. Me thinks they would have seen King Solomon cut the baby in half and smiled gleefully!
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    No daca no bill. The pervert said he would sign what was sent to him and then goes back on it. The dems need to grow a pair and hold him to what he said.
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    illegal-immigrant-charged-in-killings-two-cops-wishes-had-killed-more-mother........ these are the people the Democrats want to protect. Illegals which are criminals. Democrats don’t want to protect Americans over illegals. So sad if you are a democrat.
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    Once again Democrats are lock step and united voting AGAINST America’s best interests.
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    Shut it down, cut spending, deport the illegals, repeal obamacare.
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    We demand a clean dream act!!!!!
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    Sick of republicans and their bandaids on everything..no answers except a damn tax scam!
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    The government should do jut like what millions of Americans have to do each year: create a basic budget that funds essential government functions. Everything else should be line item approved or denied based on necessity. It’s absurd that anyone would think it would be appropriate to trade cards to get the best hand possible. If only my employer would allow me to bargain this way with his money. Oh wait - why would anyone do that other than ignorant politicians!!
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