House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday blasted a Republican proposal to temporarily fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of a continuing resolution that would prevent a government shutdown.
At her weekly press briefing, Pelosi was asked to respond to Ryan’s recent Republican proposal that would include limited CHIP funding to the continuing resolution.
“This is like giving you a bowl of doggy doo and put a cherry on top and then call it a chocolate sundae,” Pelosi complained. “This CHIP [funding] should have been done in September, first of all. Second of all, we wanted 10 years. We wanted permanent CHIP, which by the way, saves $6 billion.”
“Republicans rejected that, even just on the terms of CHIP, they rejected the 10-year savings — $6 billion,” she continued. “Doing it for 6 years, saves $1 billion. That’s good. Doing it 10 years saves $6 billion is better. In fact, it’s best.”
According to Pelosi, funding for community health centers is also important because they are responsible for implementing CHIP services.
“They could have easily put all this in this bill,” Pelosi noted. “Why didn’t they? Because they want to spend their money on tax cuts instead investments in health and well being of children and their families.”
Watch the video below from C-SPAN.