The Special Diabetes Program is an initiative dedicated to funding critical breakthroughs in research. It has previously enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress and was originally championed by Newt Gingrich in 1997.
But today, with the Republican Congress spending virtually all of its time trying to repeal Obamacare and now passing a tax bill for the wealthy, SDP’s future is in doubt – despite the fact that the program’s budget is a relatively modest $150 million. “Currently, there are 75 senators who have signed a letter supporting its funding alongside 356 House members.”
Unfortunately for the SDP and the people who would benefit from its work, the dysfunctional Republican Congress has trouble keeping the government operating.
A two-year extension for SDP funding is currently included in a bill being considered by the House.
Rather than show the leadership his title would seem to imply, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell oddly decreed that “Congress” needed to renew funding for CHIP, leaving out any mention of the SDP or any acknowledgment that he is in Congress.
Congress must renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program so the parents of the nine million children who are covered by CHIP can know their children’s health care is secure.Join The Conversation