Pelosi Statement on the State Child Health Insurance Program
'At a time when more than 8 million children in America are without health insurance and 17 states are facing SCHIP funding shortfalls - 600,000 low-income children would be at risk of losing health insurance coverage without this legislation.
'While we can take some measure of comfort that a deal has been reached, the results are less than ideal. New additional funds should have been provided. This stopgap measure will ensure that these children do not lose their health insurance, but is a far cry from our responsibility of providing for our nation's children.
'In the next Congress, Democrats will take America in a New Direction, making health care for our children a real priority.'