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Concordia University School of Law

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

SCHIP Passes House but Not by Veto-Proof Margin

ThinkProgress reports on the passage of the re-authorization for SCHIP in the House of Representatives.  It states,

An overwhelming bipartisan majority in the House voted 265-159 tonight to pass the popular and successful Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act. The support fell just short of the two-thirds majority needed to override Bush’s expected veto of the bill. Speaker Pelosi called on Bush to “dig deeply into his heart” before depriving millions of children of health insurance:

I’m reminded of the Bible tonight, and I speak with all of the sincerity and all of the hope to President Bush in the hope that he will change his mind. To dig deeply into his heart and think about the children in America who don’t have healthcare. Because if not, I think that the President is giving new meaning to the words, ’suffer, little children.’ Suffer, little children, if your parents can’t afford health insurance.

More about the run-up to the threatened Presidential veto here from the Kaiser Family Network.

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