A victory for children’s health care, but the fate of DACA recipients is still to be determined.
A federal government shutdown that has lasted nearly three days is on track to come to an end later Monday — and it’s set up another potential government funding fight in just two-and-a-half weeks, on February 8.
The bipartisan deal to end the shutdown is in large part a matter of kicking the can down the road. It doesn’t resolve the fate of Deferred Action Childhood Arrival program recipients, and it doesn’t fund the government through the rest of the year. As such, it’s a little early to say what the ultimate consequences of today’s deal will be.
Still, the beneficiaries of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, whose funding will be safe for the next six years, secured a long-term win. In the short-term at least, Democrats appear to be the political losers. The party is divided on whether the deal was a good idea or merely a cave to Republicans, with some in the latter camp feeling betrayed.
Winner: CHIP kids
The Children’s Health Insurance Program has spent the past 114 days without a long-term budget, an unprecedented funding crisis for a program that has typically enjoyed strong, bipartisan support. The uncertainty over CHIP’s future led one state to freeze enrollment briefly in late December — and others to send warnings to thousands of families stating their benefits may run out within weeks.
But now, CHIP’s funding crisis is finally over. The bill to keep the government open for the next two-and-a-half weeks also includes a six-year extension of CHIP’s Read More Here