- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 18, 2018

President Trump took a shot Thursday at the Republican’s stopgap spending bill to keep the government open, saying it shouldn’t include funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

“CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!” the president tweeted.

House Republicans included funding for the popular low-cost health program for children to put more pressure on Democrats to back the bill ahead of a shutdown deadline Friday.

Mr. Trump has called for a “clean” spending bill that keeps the government open for several weeks while lawmakers negotiate a full-year budget and a fix to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program that provides temporary deportation amnesty for “Dreamers.”

Democrats are withholding support for the stopgap spending bill because they want an immediate deal for the Dreamers, illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

The president also blasted Democrats for tempting a shutdown.

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“A government shutdown will be devastating to our military…something the Dems care very little about!” he tweeted.

• S.A. Miller can be reached at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

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