Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of a continuing resolution and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding:
“Everyone in Congress claims to support our troops, and Republicans and Democrats in the Senate came together and agreed to a Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) compromise. Today, the House has passed government funding legislation that makes sure our troops get paid and has the same CHIP legislation from the Senate. There are no gimmicks. There are no strings attached. This is a clean government funding bill that pays our troops, supports our veterans, keeps government open, and provides children with health insurance exactly the way Republicans and Democrats agreed to.
“If Senate Democrats obstruct this legislation—and as a result shut down the government—they have made the decision to cut off pay to our troops and block children’s health care funding they support, laying bare an obvious act of political cynicism. It would show the American people that Democrats have spent months using our brave men and women in uniform, our veterans who have sacrificed serving our country, and health insurance for American children as a bargaining chip for a completely unrelated immigration negotiation.”