DENVER — Lt. Governor and candidate for governor Donna Lynne called on Republicans in Congress today to scrap their partisan tax bill and instead focus their efforts on reauthorizing CHIP funding.

In Colorado, more than 75,000 kids and pregnant women participate in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the state has already begun to notify beneficiaries that this program may be cancelled. Unfortunately, if Congress fails to act, Colorado will be required to send notices of cancellation right around Christmas.

“Rather than giving Christmas gifts to their rich donors, members of Congress should be working on funding healthcare for low-income children and pregnant women,” said Donna Lynne. “Republicans in Washington should not be holding CHIP hostage as a way to pass their disastrous tax bill.”

The tax bill, which could be voted on as soon as next week, would reportedly add nearly $1.5 trillion to the national deficit over the next decade and would do little to help middle-class Americans. It was reported this afternoon that the Republicans have agreed to additional handouts to people in the highest tax bracket while potentially phasing out the individual tax cuts sooner than initially planned.