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  • Congress Leery of Trump's Cuts to Children's Health Program  Wall Street Journal by Kristina Peterson  — President Donald Trump's proposal to roll back $7 billion from the popular Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) drew immediate bipartisan concern Tuesday, an indication of the hurdles the effort to cut federal spending will face in the Senate. The proposed cuts to the children's health program quickly emerged as the most contentious element of Mr. Trump's request that Congress rescind about $15 billion in funds that had been previously authorized but not spent. "It is a red flag with me," Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R.–W.Va.) said of the proposed CHIP cuts, noting she was reviewing the proposal. "I've been a big proponent of CHIP from the beginning. It's vital to our state." Under the request sent to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the Office of Management and Budget proposed to cut just over $5 billion from funding that helps reimburse states for expenses related to the program. The White House said the authority to spend that money had expired.

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