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House Republicans Just Eliminated Funding For Children’s Health Insurance Program

Republicans continued their war against the poor on Thursday by overwhelmingly voting to eliminate funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

Lawmakers voted 210-206 — with 187 Democrats and 19 Republicans against — to rescind nearly $15 billion in unspent funding that had previously been approved, including $7 billion for CHIP, the New York Times reports.

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the bill approved by House Republicans would reduce actual spending by a total of $1.1 billion from 2018 to 2028.

Congress approved $1.5 trillion in tax cuts in December, and then a $1.3 trillion spending plan in March, as annual deficits reach nearly $1 trillion.

The rescissions package, which would pull back almost $15 billion in unspent funding, was pushed by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who is considered a leading contender as the next House Speaker

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