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SA 3496. Mr. COBURN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 3963, to amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to extend and improve the Children's Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the following:
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Children's Health Care First Act''.
SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON FUNDING CONGRESSIONAL EARMARKS UNTIL ALL UNITED STATES CHILDREN HAVE OPTIMAL HEALTH INSURANCE.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall not allocate or make payments from any funds appropriated for congressionally directed spending items (as such term is defined for purposes of paragraph 5(d) of rule XLIV of the Standing Rules of the Senate) for fiscal year 2008 or any succeeding fiscal year until on or after the date on which the Secretary of Health and Human Services certifies to Congress that all children in the United States have
optimal health insurance.
SEC. 3. TRANSFER OF EARMARK FUNDS TO SCHIP.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any funds appropriated to the Secretary of Health and Human Services or the Department of Health and Human Services for congressionally directed spending items (as such term is defined for purposes of paragraph 5(d) of rule XLIV of the Standing Rules of the Senate) for fiscal year 2008 or any succeeding fiscal year are hereby transferred and made available for providing allotments to States under section 2104 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1397dd)
until on or after the date described in section 2.
SEC. 4. ANNUAL REPORT ON NUMBER OF CHILDREN PROVIDED HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH TRANSFERRED EARMARK FUNDS.
Beginning January 1, 2008, and annually thereafter until on or after the date described in section 2, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall submit a report to Congress on the number of children who are provided child health assistance under a State child health plan under title XXI of the Social Security Act through funds transferred and made available under section 3 for providing allotments to States under section 2104 of such Act.
(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Oct 31, 2007.)