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January 22, 2018

ICYMI: Senator Doug Jones on Working with Bipartisan Colleagues to Protect CHIP and Alabama Families

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today joined Sirius XM host Joe Madison for an interview to discuss his role in ending the government shutdown and voting to protect children’s health insurance for 150,000 low-income Alabama families.

Key Quotes:

On protecting the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP / ALL Kids):

“I had to do a calculation in what I thought would be in the best interest of the people of Alabama. We have 150,000 kids on the CHIP that were about to lose that. We were the first state to start sending out pink slips, where those kids were going to lose their health insurance. And that was something I campaigned on. It was probably the centerpiece of my campaign.”

On how a shutdown hurts Alabama families:

“The second thing is that Alabama in the last shutdown suffered fourth-worst economically from a government shutdown. We have so many military and civilian personnel and their families that would have been would have been very damaging to the state of Alabama. And so I felt that it was very important to continue dialogues in other areas.”

On reaching across the aisle to find consensus:

“I think the solution is going to be having [the bipartisan ‘Common Sense’ coalition] talk among themselves, go back to their caucuses [to see] what can work. If groups like that can hold together, we have an incredibly powerful middle…

“But the commitment to bring to the floor the DACA issue, and the border security issues, as separate and apart and have a full debate with some amendments, and a bill that is neutral to give both sides an opportunity to talk – that’s a huge breakthrough, Joe. It is not how the Senate has been operating, particularly this last year. It is not how it has been operating at all and it gives Senators an opportunity to reach across the aisle and then to work within their caucuses to actually get something done.”

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