Jan 18, 2018

Trump: CHIP shouldn't be part of a short-term funding bill

President Trump in close-up

Photo: Olivier Douliery, Pool / Getty Images

With a government shutdown looming at the end of the week, President Trump tweeted this morning that CHIP reauthorization "should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension."

Why it matters: Trump just undercut a huge part of Republicans' negotiating strategy on the funding bill — because a six-year CHIP reauthorization was their best leverage to win the Democratic votes they need. Axios' Jonathan Swan has a colorful quote from a source close to Republican congressional leadership: “This has to be the most feckless bunch of boobs I’ve ever encountered.”

Go deeper