Republicans Urged To Support SCHIP Expansion

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committeeon Monday launched a radio advertisement and automated telephonecampaign in the districts of five Republican House members to criticizetheir votes against legislation that would expand SCHIP, the Washington Timesreports. The radio ad campaign targets Reps. Jim Saxton (N.J.), BillYoung (Fla.), Vern Buchanan (Fla.) and Tom Feeney (Fla.), and theautomated telephone campaign targets Rep. Richard Baker (La.) (Lengell,Washington Times, 8/15).


The House SCHIP bill (HR 3162)would reduce payments to Medicare Advantage plans and increase thefederal cigarette tax by 45 cents per pack to increase funding forSCHIP by about $50 billion over five years. The bill also would make anumber of revisions to Medicare. The Senate version of the bill wouldreauthorize SCHIP and increase the federal cigarette tax by 61 centsper pack to boost funding for the program by $35 billion over fiveyears. President Bush has said he would veto the measures. Bush hasproposed a $5 billion increase over five years for SCHIP, which wouldraise the program's total five-year funding to $30 billion, and said hewould veto the House and Senate versions (Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, 8/9).

DCCCChair Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) said, "This August we're goingdistrict by district to urge Republicans to stop obstructing progress,"adding, "Republicans who continue to vote in lock step with PresidentBush and against children and seniors in their districts will be heldaccountable."

National Republican Congressional Committeespokesperson Ken Spain said, "We are more than happy to have the SCHIPdebate," adding, "Because of the Democrats' votes (for SCHIP), they aresupporting cuts to Medicare and taxpayer-funded benefits for illegalimmigrants." NRCC last week launched a radio ad campaign in thedistrict of Rep. Zack Space (D-Ohio) criticizing his support for theSCHIP bill (Washington Times, 8/15).

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