At the top of tonight’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Jimmy Kimmel kicked things off with another chat about an issue he cares about. This time, it was funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a looming government shutdown, and who is — or is not — responsible if a shutdown happens.
First joking that “we’ve reached a point somehow at which North and South Koreans have a better relationship than Republicans and Democrats do,” Kimmel pushed back against the idea Democrats are to blame if a budget bill can’t be passed, leading to a shutdown.
“Republicans are in control of the House, the Senate and the White House,” Kimmel said. “The Democrats can’t even shut their computers down without Paul Ryan’s permission.”
Kimmel also talked about funding for CHIP, which has been expired for 100 days, for which Republicans have tied to the overall funding bill.
“Funding for CHIP should never have been allowed to run out in the first place. The program is supported overwhelmingly by both parties. Republicans and Democrats and all Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell had to do is put it up for a vote, and it would have been a done deal. But they decided to use it – as a bargaining tool instead.”
To illustrate what he thinks is really going on, Kimmel performed a short skit comparing Republicans to a coffee shop owner who threatens to close his business down unless customers agree to accept a bag of “horse s–t” with every cup of coffee.
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