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1 Day After Malloy Blasts GOP on CHIP Funding, All 7 CT Dems in Congress Vote Against CHIP Funding

December 22, 2017 By Staff
1 Day After Malloy Blasts GOP on CHIP Funding, All 7 CT Dems in Congress Vote Against CHIP Funding

Malloy was oddly silent, as of Friday morning, about seven Connecticut Democrats who voted against extending CHIP funding through March.

On Wednesday, the day the GOP celebrated cutting taxes for individuals and businesses across America, Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) took to MSNBC to gripe about the bill.

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His specific problem, he told MSNBC’s Ari Melber? Congressional Republicans celebrated tax cuts while funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was in jeopardy.

There are a few problems with Malloy’s argument.

First, Democrats in the House – including all five of Connecticut’s representatives – voted against a bill in November that would have extended CHIP funding for five years.

According to CQ, the bill “would extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal 2022, and would increase funding from $21.5 billion in fiscal 2018 to $25.9 billion in fiscal 2022.” Democrats objected because the GOP had the nerve to make cuts elsewhere to pay for the CHIP extension.

Second, all seven Democrats in Connecticut’s congressional delegation – the five representatives, and Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) – voted against a spending bill on Thursday that extended CHIP funding through March 31.

When you see Connecticut Democrats complain about the GOP when it comes to CHIP funding, remember Connecticut’s representatives voted twice against it in the fall of 2017, and that Connecticut’s senators voted against it as well.

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