ROSEN STATEMENT ON VOTE TO REAUTHORIZE CHIP AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement after voting to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers and other public health initiatives:
“When Speaker Ryan and Republicans in Congress let funding expire more than a month ago for critical health care programs that serve low-income children and families, I called on him to work with Democrats in a bipartisan manner to fix this unacceptable failure,” said Rosen. “Instead of providing a clean funding bill to reauthorize CHIP and fund community health centers, we got partisan politics. House Republicans put forward a bill to continue these programs with misguided cuts and funding mechanisms I do not support, and they refused to accept a motion I supported to remove this bill's controversial and harmful provisions."
“I recognize the serious flaws in this bill, but I could not in good conscience vote against renewing a program that tens of thousands of Nevada children depend on for access to health care, or against critical funding for Nevada’s community health centers. I was elected to solve problems, and ultimately I decided to vote for this bill so that we can keep our children healthy and protect the most vulnerable members of our communities. Republicans in Congress must stop playing political games with health care, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to right this wrong and fix this legislation.”