Congress still doesn't have a clear strategy for reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program, but there's now talk of putting together a small package of must-pass health care items, including CHIP. Funding children's health care is popular, and could help pull more controversial measures across the finish line.
The problem: The strategy still seems to be very much in flux. Attaching CHIP to a must-pass spending bill next week is still a possibility — especially if the spending bill needs some help garnering votes. Meanwhile, Democrats are coalescing around a 10-year CHIP reauthorization, and it's unclear whether the GOP would support this.