On shutdown, Democrats have a lot of explaining to do

With that in mind, Congress should have addressed first things first: fund the government now and address DACA by its March deadline. It’s shameful that our military and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will suffer due to the reality show known as Congress.

CHIP serves about nine million children whose parents have incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford other insurance. The program receives about 90% of its funding from the federal government.

People across the heartland tell me they feel Democrats regard illegal immigrants more highly than farmers, the military and teachers. They also see the disconnect with both sides of the aisle in Washington widening.

The Continuing Resolution would have reauthorized the CHIP program for six more years.