House Democrats asked Thursday why they have to find spending cuts and revenue sources to pay for reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program when House Republicans are not yet requiring "pay fors" for their tax reform effort.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., blasted House Republican leaders of budget discipline hypocrisy at a House Energy and Commerce Committee meeting. The committee was getting ready to polish and vote on H.R. 3921, the House Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization bill. Authorization for CHIP expired Sept. 30.

House Republican leaders have forced the CHIP reauthorization drafters to scrounge for CHIP reauthorization pay-fors, "while we have this looming debate over tax reform, none of which is paid for," Pallone said. "Republicans go back and forth on this all the time."

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.