This week, the House kept its promise to act quickly to pass new bipartisan legislation that will provide health insurance to 10 million low-income children after House Republicans sustained the President's veto last week. We introduced a revised Children's Health Insurance Program bill on Wednesday, which was crafted with Senate and House Republicans and addressed the concerns raised by some Republicans. The new CHIP bill continues to provide coverage to 10 million uninsured, low-income children, while clarifying that the focus would be on enrolling low-income children first, that illegal immigrants cannot receive benefits, and that coverage of adults would be phased out.
Yesterday the House passed the CHIP bill with a strong, bipartisan majority. As this bill moves to the Senate, we will continue working with Republicans to to create even more support for this legislation so that we will be able to override an already-threatened Presidential veto. We will continue fighting until we provide needed health insurance to 10 million children.
Also this week, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel introduced a comprehensive tax package that will provide tax cuts to more than 90 million American families through a permanent repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and the enhancement of other tax cuts. While we do not expect to consider this legislation this year, Democrats have pledged to pass an AMT patch that will prevent millions of middle-income taxpayers from having to pay an unexpected tax increase.
Next week, the House will consider the Small Business Contracting Program Improvement Act, which will open up new opportunities for small businesses by updating the Small Business Administration's contracting program and ensuring that taxpayer dollars are protected. We will also consider the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act, and the Trade and Globalization Assistance Act, which offers education grants and job training to American workers who lose their jobs due to outsourcing.