Call your MoCs about renewing CHIP, finding a DACA solution, and ending the government shutdown, January 22 update.
To recap: CHIP is the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It covers the medical needs of about nine million American children. Passed in 1997, it expired on September 30, 2017.
Congress should have renewed it before it expired. But Congress is controlled by the GOP, which had other priorities.
Donald Trump deliberately left those covered by the Deferred Access for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program hanging when he pulled the plug on it last year (something he did not have to do) and gave Congress until March 2018 to act.
The people in the DACA program are often called the “Dreamers.” Their parents brought them to America when they were small; they are Americans in every respect except that they lack citizenship documents.
Damn near everyone agrees that Congress should fund the doctor bills of poor kids and should not kick out people who’ve lived in America for most if not all of their conscious lives. The GOP is dithering on the first, and Trump and his white supremacist toadies in the White House are mucking with the second.
Said dithering and mucking lead directly to the government shutdown that started on January 20, 2018
We at OTYCD are asking you to call your MoCs again today.
If they’re Dems, thank them for holding firm and for trying to find work-arounds such as a bill that will fund affected members of the military.
If they’re Republicans, give them a piece of your mind. Tell them to send Trump a version of the Continuing Resolution (CR) that renews CHIP and protects the Dreamers.
Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_pewter), who you should follow on Twitter (you are, right?) has a calling script to use with Republicans:
To stay on top of things we at OTYCD recommend following the Twitter feeds of:
Andy Slavitt (@aslavitt)
Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro)
Ben Wikler (@benwikler)
And the aforementioned Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter)
They will have news on CHIP/DACA/government shutdown situation faster than we will.