Not more than six months ago, the federal government for the first time in decades failed to re-authorize the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides affordable health coverage for about 9 million children in the United States. Child advocates breathed a sigh of relief a few months ago when Congress finally reauthorized the program.
Now, CHIP is again the subject of efforts to curb federal spending. This week, President Trump announced an effort to cut $15.4 billion out of the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress passed in March, using a process called “rescission”.
Budget rescission – used by Congress itself but rarely by presidents (Clinton was the last to do so) – is when money that has been appropriated but not spent is withdrawn. Read more “Opinion: Children’s health program needs support, not cuts”