SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- The group Bend the Arc Jewish Action Utah plans to kick off the first day of Hanukkah protesting Senator Hatch’s inaction of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
The group says that in 2009 Sen. Hatch wrote and recorded a song for Hanukkah. They intend to sing their own version of his song to call on him to support CHIP funding.
The State of Utah say they have enough federal money from past years to continue the program until January 2018, but after that funds will have to stop unless the federal government acts.
Last week, Senator Hatch was quoted saying, “Nobody believes more in the CHIP program than I, I invented it – I was the one who wrote it,” but later saying, “I believe in helping those who cannot help themselves, but would if they could? I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won’t help themselves – won’t lift a finger – and expect the federal government to do everything,
The event is at 5 p.m. Tuesday in front of the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building located at 125 South State Street.
The group will also light the Hanukkah candles for the first night during the protest. Those who plan on attending should bring their own Chanukiah and candles.
Details can be found here.