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Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2009
(House of Representatives - February 04, 2009)

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Mrs. BLACKBURN. Madam Speaker, I think that, I would hope, that not only my colleagues but the American people realize that this bill today contains a $72 billion tax increase on the American people, what Congressional Research Service calls the most regressive of taxes, because it is tobacco taxes. But this is a tax increase that is coming full steam ahead at us. And, Madam Speaker, it is not there to go into a program that we all originally supported the way SCHIP was originally set up. This expanded SCHIP goes to middle-income children; it does not focus on low income and uninsured children. That is a sad day for us. Indeed, part of the 900,000 children that are expected to be added already have access to health insurance.

I would encourage all of my colleagues to vote against the tax increase and vote ``no."

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