Culberson Statement on the Administration’s Rescissions Package
Washington, D.C. – Representative John Culberson (TX-07) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3, the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act.
“The national debt is more than $21 trillion, and the annual deficit could reach $1 trillion next year. This package rescinds $15 billion that was appropriated by Congress, but the Treasury never spent. It is commonsense to use unspent dollars to reduce the deficit. This is an important step to getting our country’s fiscal house in order.
“Do not be fooled by the rhetoric: The Administration’s Rescissions package will not diminish or affect health care coverage for children enrolled in CHIP.
“To be sure of this, I asked lawyers at the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Congressional Research Service (CRS). CBO confirmed $5.1 billion would be rescinded from unobligated balances and therefore would not affect CHIP coverage. CRS confirmed that since 2009, only three states have withdrawn money from the Child Enrollment CHIP Contingency Fund; Iowa, Michigan, and Tennessee. All of those payments totaled roughly $300 million, with the largest ever in a single year being $224.3 million.
“The reality is this money is no longer needed for its intended purpose and by law cannot be spent. Even if the $5.1 billion in CHIP funding is not rescinded, the funding will sit untouched because it has expired.
“The $1.9 billion rescinded from the Child Enrollment CHIP Contingency Fund leaves a cushion of $500 million as a safety net. This is more than enough. Plus, Texas has never had to withdraw any money from the contingency fund.”
Read the CRS Report for more information about CHIP financing.
Read the letter from the Congressional Budget Office about these CHIP rescissions.