Wednesday, January 17, 2018

GOP Proposes Short-Term Funding Deal

House Republican leadership released language for a short-term funding bill Tuesday night to keep the government open for another month. The stop-gap continuing resolution (CR) would fund the government at current levels though February 16.

The bill includes several add-ons in an attempt to garner bipartisan support, including a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a policy that many Democrats have called for since the program's expiration in September 2017. The bill also includes suspensions of key taxes from the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Lawmakers do not have much time to reach an agreement. Government funding runs out on January 19.

House conservatives tentatively offered support for the plan, stating that while not ideal, the extension’s added provisions allow lawmakers to take care of key issues and refocus on the budget debate.

Democratic leadership is seeking a bipartisan agreement that will allow individuals under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to continue to stay in the U.S. as part of a spending agreement, and they could say their votes are contingent on an immigration provision. It is unclear if Republicans will need Democratic votes to pass a CR.

The so-called “Medicare Extenders” are not addressed in the spending bill and AHCA will continue to work to ensure members’ priorities are addressed in any future Medicare or therapy legislation.

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