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With Paltry CHIP Extension and No DREAM Act in Spending Bill, Republicans Hurtle Toward Shutdown

In addition to shorting CHIP, the bill also does not grant legal protections to so-called Dreamers, children brought to the United States without documents whose legal status is in jeopardy. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has been pressing Republicans to include the DREAM Act as part of the spending measure. Without it, Republicans will need to find the votes to keep the government open on their own.

Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for Pelosi told The Intercept that Democrats are whipping their members to vote against the continuing resolution.

CHIP is a decades-old, federally funded program that makes health insurance available to families whose incomes are modest, but too high to qualify for Medicaid. It’s long had strong bipartisan support, providing coverage to almost 9 million kids and 370,000 pregnant women.

“This may go down as the worst year for children in Congress in decades,” said Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, a children’s advocacy group. “We are distraught for the families and nearly 9 million children who rely on CHIP for their health care. This action shows Congress’s failure to prioritize and protect children and a very popular and successful program. It needlessly leaves states and families left in limbo.

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It's actually quite expensive for the U.S. when the government shuts down. The last government shutdown, which lasted 16 days in October 2013, robbed the U.S. economy of $24 billion in lost productivity and services, according to a Standard & Poor's estimate.  

Even so, President Donald Trump is already talking like another shutdown is on the way, and on Thursday morning he continued a blame game with the Democrats. "House Democrats want a SHUTDOWN for the holidays in order to distract from the very popular, just passed, Tax Cuts. House Republicans, don’t let this happen. Pass the C.R. TODAY and keep our Government OPEN!" he tweeted. His argument overlooks how Republicans have the House majority, and therefore bear more responsibility for a potential shutdown. 

The Friday deadline comes as a result of a two-week stopgap funding bill passed December 8, the most recent deadline Congress almost missed. Partisan fights over "Dreamers,"  the undocumented immigrants who were brought to America as young children, were the basis for the previous potential shutdown, and that issue still needs to resolved, along with funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and government payments to Obamacare insurers. Recent reports have indicated the government may be closing in on an agreement to keep the government open into January, but it still is not guaranteed. 

Is it fair dream acts students get billions brown to cut in-home services for the elderly and disabled?

Is it fair dream acts students get billions brown cuts services to cut in-home care giver services for the elderly and disabled, American citizens to fund $42 million DREAM Act ? Cut services to U.S.

Someone has to pay to give them college funds. Appears that they feel that our elderly and disabled should foot the bill. And the veterans who fought for our country, they can do without too.