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Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Congress Fails to Override SCHIP Veto

The House of Representatives failed to obtain the necessary votes to override President Bush's veto of the SCHIP program.  TPM election central reports,

It's over: The House just voted on the SCHIP bill moments ago, and failed to override President Bush's veto.

The vote was 273-156, falling short of the two-thirds vote needed to overturn Bush's veto.

Incredibly, despite polls showing strong majority support for a veto override, and an aggressive ad campaign targeting Republicans on SCHIP, the GOP was remarkably successful in holding the line and sustaining Bush's veto. Only forty-four Republicans voted for the bill -- almost exactly the same as last time, save for GOP Rep. Pete King, a bill supporter who was absent this time. One-hundred and fifty-four GOPers voted against it.

The roll call is here. has more here and ThinkProgress reports on future efforts to revive the SCHIP program here.

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