Louisiana lawmakers urge Senate to fund America's priorities, avoid government shutdown

Trump upsets Republican strategy to avoid shutdown

The CR contained three key healthcare provisions, including a six-year funding extension for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and a two-year delay to the implementation of both the medical device tax and "Cadillac tax", which were introduced through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). By midday Thursday, a government shutdown looked increasingly likely.

But GOP leader see it as a bargaining chip they can use to reduce friction, and push their plan through the Senate. Congress should send the president a credible budget and demand that he sign it.

But here's why so many people are asking did the government shut down: Republicans already agreed to include a CHIP extension in the bill as a sweetener to Democrats.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin said on Wednesday that it would be "unconscionable" for Democrats to oppose funding for CHIP with a "no" vote on the short-term spending bill.

The House speaker, Paul Ryan, and the White House tried to say Mr. Trump didn't really mean what he tweeted about CHIP.

"Who knows?" Schumer asked.

"While stopgap funding bills are not ideal, this bill provides an important step forward for the Children's Health Insurance Program, with a six- year extension that will provide states and families participating in the program the certainty they deserve. These families can not wait and I urge the Senate to pass the measure in front of them today (Friday) to provide certainty for our children's healthcare", said Governor Sandoval.

The House managed to muster up enough support, but its prospects in the Senate remain uncertain.

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