Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on CHIP Reauthorization
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today issued the following statement after House Republicans finally passed a partisan bill that reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at the expense of other important programs. Legislation awaits Senate action.
“It has been thirty four days since Republicans in Congress recklessly let funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expire for no reason other than their own dysfunction. Reauthorizing this important program, which provides millions of children with access to needed healthcare, should be the least partisan thing this Congress could do. Sadly, Speaker Ryan decided to ram through a bitterly partisan reauthorization bill that slashes the Prevention and Public Health Fund, sabotages the Affordable Care Act, and raises Medicare premiums. The Republicans own this disaster, and I’m disheartened that they see the need to make children suffer to bail themselves out of it. That is why I voted against this bill, and implore GOP leadership to bring a clean reauthorization bill to the House Floor so we can give families the security they need,” said Congressman Ryan.