'Put Politics Aside' Governor Sununu Says Immigrant Children Need Healthcare
CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu says the future of a government program affecting thousands of young immigrants should be addressed, but not at the expense of shutting down the federal government.
Sununu released a statement Friday as a bitterly divided Congress headed toward a government shutdown in a battle over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect younger immigrants from deportation.
Sununu said now's the time to put politics aside. He said the Senate has the opportunity to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years, the longest reauthorization of its type in history. He implored Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan to vote for a continuing resolution to keep government funded.
Shaheen and Hassan said they'd vote against a House four-week government-wide funding bill.
Shaheen said these short-term bills "hurt our country."