The lives of children shouldn’t be used as bargaining chips, but right now in Congress that is exactly what is going on.
In our district, 49% of children use the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP is a bipartisan program for working families that do not qualify for MediCal, but can’t afford family health insurance.
CHIP along with DACA is being presented as a Sophie’s Choice by the House Republicans. The votes to pass both are there, but Washington Republicans refuse to let Congress vote on their passage and so the fate of 49% of the children in our district hangs in the balance.
These families are our neighbors, friends, students, and co-workers -- whose futures now hang in the balance.
These families contribute greatly to our country and our economy. They deserve elected representatives who put people ahead of their party leaders.