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Rep. Brat Supports Continuing Resolution and CHIP funding through March

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Washington, December 21, 2017 | Juliana Heerschap (2022252815) | comments
WASHINGTON - Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) released the following statement after passage of legislation to fund the federal government through January 19, 2018 and fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through the end of March.

“Every year at Christmas federal spending legislation is rarely fiscally responsible when there is pressure to leave town. This short-term spending legislation ensures our government is funded and open while we continue to negotiate a long-term budget path. While there are many controversial matters still to be worked out in the coming weeks, I am confident we will be able to work together and find reasonable solutions. I had hoped in this bill we could have ensured funding for the Department of Defense through the end of the year, but Democrats in the Senate refused to agree to it without massive increases in spending on other programs.

“The spending bill did include funding for CHIP and community health centers through the end of March. There is bipartisan support for this program, and I remain optimistic that the Senate will take up our House-passed reauthorization legislation to ensure CHIP is reauthorized and paid for before the latest round of funding expires."
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