The lone Democrat from Central Texas says a political crusade against the Affordable Care Act ate up legislative time and led to the funding being discontinued.
Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, who supports the bill, says Congress “has ignored the health needs of vulnerable children. CHIP re-authorization is belatedly scheduled for committee action Wednesday. Republicans are jeopardizing CHIP by refusing to pay for it unless Medicare premiums are hiked for this non-Medicare purpose. The future of 394,000 Texas children remains at risk.”