VIDEO: Congresswoman Bustos calls out Republican Majority for allowing federal funding for low-income pregnant women & children, as well as Community Health Clinics, to expire


“Why aren’t we voting to protect these critical programs right now?”

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Cheri Bustos took to the floor of the House this week to urge Congress to extend funding for Community Health Centers and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides care for pregnant women and young children from low-income households.

Federal funding for both of these programs expires at midnight on Saturday.

Below is the text of her remarks:

Mr. Speaker,

Here we are, almost 10 months into this Congressional session and what has been accomplished?

While Trumpcare supporters have gone back and forth on a plan that would take health care away from millions of Americans, raise out of pocket costs for people with pre-existing conditions and force too many rural hospitals to close their doors, they’ve completely missed a real health care crisis that is coming tomorrow.

That’s when federal funding runs out for thousands of Community Health Clinics, for millions of low-income children and for pregnant women across our country.

For years, Community Health Clinics and Children’s Health Insurance Programs have enjoyed strong bipartisan support from both sides of the aisle.

So, why aren’t we voting to protect these critical programs right now?

Mr. Speaker, we were sent here to help hardworking families that we serve, offer them a better deal.

Now that the Trumpcare package has thankfully failed again, I hope we can start doing that.