WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) voted against the SCHIP Reauthorization Act citing unacceptable provisions that would force families off private insurance, raise taxes and create loopholes to extend coverage to people living in our country illegally. The bill passed the House by a vote of 265-142, but fell short of the veto-proof majority.

Additionally, Congressman Poe is a cosponsor of H.R. 3584, the SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 which provides an 18-month extension of SCHIP so that Congress can work out any disagreements with the program. This bill provides a 20 percent increase in funding equal to what the administration requested, covers our nations children in need and keeps the current requirement for citizenship verification.

I fully support caring for our nations children in need, said Poe. SCHIP was created by the Republican Congress in 1997 and its original purpose was good, but the new bill takes a health care plan for poor children and turns it into a path to socialized health care for America. This so-called new and improved bill is still the same unacceptable plan to raise taxes, crowd-out private insurance, and extend benefits to illegals.

The original SCHIP was created to help the working poor provide health-care for their children, Poe continues. However, the proponents of this new program are using our countrys poor as a human shield to raise taxes and create a government-run health care system by forcing families off private plans by increasing coverage for families earning $62,000 a year and creating loopholes to cover illegals. We have a responsibility to care for our greatest resources, our children, but using them as a front to raise taxes and lay the ground work for a government-run health care system is unacceptable.

H.R. 3963Childrens Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act:

? Weakens the current citizenship documentation requirements to make it easier for illegal immigrants to access Medicaid and SCHIP

? Shifts 2 million children off of their private health insurance into government-run healthcare

? Increases SCHIP funding above current law by $35.4 billion over five years and $71.5 billion over ten

? Increases taxes on tobacco products to raise revenues by $35.5 billion over five years and $71 billion over ten years

? Continues to allow states to define income in such a way as to allow SCHIP coverage above 300% of federal poverty level

? Repeals current policy designed to ensure that states prioritize coverage of children below 200% of federal poverty