Lipinski Leads Bipartisan Effort to Include Healthcare and DACA Fixes in This Week's Government Funding Bill

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released the following statement today:

“This week as Congress works on legislation to fund the government, I am working with my colleagues to include a bipartisan compromise developed by the Problem Solvers Caucus that would lower healthcare costs, and potentially include another Problem Solvers plan that would protect DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients and increase border security.  I have been deeply involved in developing both of these commonsense compromises through negotiations in the caucus, which consists of 24 Democrats and 24 Republicans.

“In early August, the Problem Solvers Caucus released a plan that would lower the cost of premiums for health insurance plans in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by guaranteeing cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, adding a reinsurance fund, and making other changes.  In October, President Trump officially announced he was going to stop the CSR payments, adding about 20% to the increase in premiums for ACA benchmark plans in 2018. 

“The Problem Solvers plan would turn this around for 2019 and the resinsurance fund would mean an additional 10% decrease in premiums.  Overall, the Problem Solvers plan would bring down costs, stabilize ACA markets, and help small businesses.  This plan and a similar one are being discussed for possible inclusion in the funding bill this week, and I am hopeful we will be able to include it.

“The President announced in September that in six months he would be ending DACA, which provides temporary protection from removal – as well as work authorization – to immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.  After House Democratic Leader Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Schumer announced later that month that they had made a deal with the President to protect DACA recipients in exchange for increased border security – not including a wall – the Problem Solvers Caucus began working on legislation that would implement that agreement. 

“Most Americans agree that these immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship and more should be done to protect our border.  I am on the task force negotiating that agreement and we are close to having legislative language ready for approval by the Problem Solvers Caucus.  I am hopeful that this can be wrapped up in the coming days and be included in the funding bill later this week. 

“Passage of both of these commonsense, bipartisan agreements would be a break from business as usual in Washington and good for our nation.”