Trump’s appeal for a “long term solution” to the program threw into question Republican strategy to push Democrats into a corner over funding choices.
President Trump upended the GOP’s strategy to avert a shutdown early Thursday when he declared that an extension of a federal health insurance program for children “should be part of a long term solution” and not a stopgap spending plan.
That directly contradicts the thinking of congressional Republicans, who were eager to force Democrats to choose between a popular health care program they have pushed to renew for months and their effort to win legal protections for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants.
The House is scheduled to vote as soon as Thursday afternoon on the short-term spending bill with the health insurance program attached. Changing the bill could delay its consideration, further reducing the margin of error less than 48 hours before the shutdown deadline.
“CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!” Trump tweeted, using the acronym for the childhood health insurance program, known as the Children’s Health Insurance Program.