Newhouse Statement on H.R. 195
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) today released the following statement after voting for H.R. 195 – Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act which continues funding for the federal government through February 16th, 2018.
“Congress must continue to fulfill our responsibility to provide for vital priorities such as paying our troops and a six-year, long-term reauthorization to fully fund the expired Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides care for 60,000 low-income children in Washington state,” said Rep. Newhouse. “CHIP expired in September. This legislation not only provides the longest extension in the program’s history, but it is fully paid for and increases every year for the next six years. I have already voted in support of renewing the expired CHIP program twice, and I voted to support it again a third time. As a strong supporter of a negotiated legislative solution for DACA beneficiaries, I have continuously pushed for a solution as soon as possible before the March deadline for DACA, and I will continue to do so. I feel the palpable frustration of waiting until the last minute to address multiple issues that have real consequences for people. I supported this legislation today to fulfill responsibilities that are time sensitive, but expired in September. Today’s vote was about ensuring that children in Washington state continue to have access to health care, and I call on my colleagues in the Senate support passage.”