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Sam Baker Dec 21
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New spending bill includes stopgap for children’s health coverage

House Speaker Paul Ryan. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The House is slated to vote today on Republicans' latest bid to avert a government shutdown — which includes roughly $3 billion to keep the Children's Health Insurance Program afloat through March.

Why it matters:

A long-term CHIP extension, while ostensibly a bipartisan priority, remains elusive. Federal CHIP funding expired in September, and some states are planning to scale back coverage next month if Congress doesn't act soon. The House passed a five-year CHIP bill in November, but most Democrats opposed that measure.