Thunderpig’s Mirror

S-CHIP Veto Override Fails (Again!)

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 24, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 23 (UPI) — The U.S. House of Representatives, for the second time in recent months, failed Wednesday to override a presidential veto of a children’s insurance program.

The 260-152 vote to override President George Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program fell 15 votes shy of the needed two-thirds majority. Nineteen members did not vote.

Twice in 2007 Bush, backed by House Republicans, vetoed legislation to expand the popular health insurance for needy children by $35 billion. Critics said the expansion would have made middle-class children, whose parents could afford healthcare insurance on their own, eligible. Backers said the additional coverage was needed to protect more low-income children.

Congress eventually passed legislation that would extend SCHIP until March 31, 2009.

Bush said he was pleased that his veto remained in tact.

Source: UPI
Related: Rollcall 22

Regional Representative Voting Positions:

Voting to sustain President Bush’s veto were Virginia Foxx (R NC-05) and Patrick McHenry (R NC-10)

Voting to overturn the Presidential veto was Heath Shuler (D NC-11)

This is another of the myriad of reasons that we need to elect a Republican to the right of McCain and Schmuckerbie to the White House this November.

Previously:

Video: The Conservative Approach to Helping Uninsured Children

The SCHIP Veto

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