“Lawmakers allowed a program know as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provided low-cost health insurance to 9 million children, expire over the weekend. Congress missed a Sept. 30 deadline to extend the Clinton-era initiative.
While some states will still have funding through 2018, states such as Arizona, Minnesota, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. are at risk of running out of CHIP money by the end of December, the New York Daily News reported.
CHIP cost the federal government $13.6 billion in 2016 and provided varying benefits in each state. Such benefits include routine checkups, doctor visits, prescriptions and other services.” MORE
“One of the proposals being floated by the Trump White House on tax reform is to tax the retirement plan contributions of workers upfront to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations.” MORE
“The congressional Russia investigations are entering a new and more serious phase as lawmakers return from the August recess amid fresh revelations about contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia.
In the coming weeks, both intelligence committees are expected to conduct closed-door interviews with high-ranking members of the Trump campaign, and potential witnesses could include Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr.” MORE
“Since Republicans took the House majority in 2010, the debt ceiling has been lifted eight times. It’s a bit easier in the Senate than the House, so let’s focus on the House. Most of the time, the majority of House Republicans don’t vote to lift the cap.” MORE