Appearing this morning on Fox News Sunday, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) discussed House Republicans’ goal of insuring a half million low-income children eligible for but not covered by the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), while criticizing Democrats for playing politics with children’s health care. Boehner noted that some 700,000 adults are currently insured by the children’s health care program, underscoring Republicans’ principle that low-income children must be covered first.

Boehner also discussed the need to make permanent the Protect America Act, Republican-led legislation that has temporarily closed the terrorist loophole in our nation’s intelligence laws. Democrats plan to bring their own legislation to the floor this week that would leave the loophole wide-open and weaken our national security. Finally, Boehner discussed a controversial resolution House Democratic leaders plan to bring to the floor that threatens our nation’s diplomatic relations with Turkey, an important ally in the War on Terror, and the ongoing Republican drive to earn back the Majority in Congress To watch the interview, click HERE:

BOEHNER ON WHY REPUBLICANS BELIEVE WE SHOULD INSURE CHILDREN FIRST UNDER SCHIP:

“We have 500,000 eligible children who have not been signed up for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, yet there are 700,000 adults on the program. As an example in Minnesota, 87% of the people enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program are adults, 66% in Wisconsin. And Republicans are saying let’s work together, let’s reauthorize the program, but let’s make sure that poor kids come first. What we don’t want is what usually happens here in Washington. You create a new program and all far different than what it started out to be.”

BOEHNER ON HOUSE DEMOCRATS PLAYING POLITICS WITH LOW-INCOME CHILDREN:

“This bill was designed not to pass. This bill was designed to play political games. Exactly what the American people are tired of. When they designed the bill, they knew it would be vetoed. The President did veto it. The veto message came from the White House back to Congress. We could have had the veto override vote right then and there, sat down, and began to resolve the differences. That’s not what happened. We’re going to wait two weeks, play more political games…

“The Democrats have spoken to no House Republicans about working out this bill before or since. Even though 28 Republicans who actually voted for this bill sent a letter to the leadership, Democrat leadership, last week saying ‘let’s sit down and resolve this,’ and I think the differences are resolvable. But we’re standing on our principle that poor kids ought to come first.”

BOEHNER ON WHY THE PROTECT AMERICA ACT MUST BE MADE PERMANENT:

“This bill and this issue is very important to protecting the American people. And why our friends across the aisle won’t sit down and work with us to try to resolve the differences are beyond me. There are a number of Democrats who want to sit down and work this out with us, and I think Steny may be one of them. But he and others in the Democrat party are being yanked by the Left, by the ACLU and others, and at the end of the day, the goal has to be what do we need to do to protect the American people.”

BOEHNER ON WHY THE SPEAKER SHOULD NOT SCHEDULE THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE RESOLUTION:

“There’s no question that the suffering of the Armenian people some 90 years ago was extreme. But what happened 90 years ago ought to be a subject for historians to sort out, not politicians here in Washington. And I think bringing this bill to the floor may be the most irresponsible thing I’ve seen this new congress do this year. Turkey is a very important ally in our war against the terrorists - in a very strategic location in the world. They’ve been a great ally of ours. They are very upset about this resolution, and the Speaker should not bring this to the floor.”

BOEHNER ON HOW REPUBLICANS ARE WORKING TO EARN BACK THE MAJORITY:

“I think that Republicans need to get back to the principles of being Republicans. I think when it comes to the issue of fiscal responsibility to some extent over the last three or four years, we lost our way. And so when it comes to holding the line on spending, getting rid of wasteful Washington spending, we’ve got to show the American people that we learned our lesson. Secondly, I think we’ve got to be the party of solution. The American people don’t care who’s in charge of Congress. I think they’re tired of all the partisan bickering and all the noise here, and they want solutions and I think you’ll see our party come forward with solutions on health care and how we get high quality health insurance to all Americans, how do we insure that everybody has good access to health care, what’s our answer to the global climate change, how do we get to energy independence.”