SPLC statement on passage of Republican tax bill and failure to fund CHIP

Republicans in Congress have passed – on a purely partisan vote – a tax bill that will disproportionately benefit the wealthy and corporations that are already sitting on massive amounts of cash.

As Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has pointed out, for the $1.5 trillion that congressional Republicans are borrowing to pay for a tax cut for the wealthy and corporations, CHIP could be funded for 915 years.

We’re already seeing the negative effects of inaction. In Alabama, state officials have announced they are freezing enrollment and telling families later this month that the program may be terminated. Even if a deal is reached soon in Congress, future enrollment may decline as families come to view CHIP coverage as unreliable.

Congress should get its priorities in order and fully fund CHIP permanently. Children need health insurance more than billionaires and corporations need a tax cut.