September 26th, 2007
08:40 AM ET
11 years ago

Bush vs. Congress on kids' health insurance

Watch Jessica Yellin's report about the battle of children's health insurance.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives approved a sweeping expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program on Tuesday, but by a margin short of the two-thirds needed to override President Bush's threatened veto.

The $60 billion, 5-year measure would expand the program to cover millions of middle-class families, paying for the expansion with
61-cent-per-pack tax increase on cigarettes. The vote was 265-159, with 45 Republicans joining all but eight Democrats in voting for the plan.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the bill has overwhelming support and warned that Bush would "isolate himself" from the public with a veto.

"Let's hope and let's pray that a very big, strong, bipartisan vote tonight will send him a message to rethink his position," Pelosi said. She said a veto would give new meaning to the biblical injunction, "Suffer little children."

Bush has threatened to veto any expansion of the program beyond the $25 billion he proposed earlier this year. He demanded last week that Congress extend the program before it expires at the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

Filed under: Congress • Healthcare • President Bush
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    Yay! Free Healthcare!

    The gubmint needs to provide it for me.

    The gubmint needs to give me food, too. Make mine filet mignon! Hell, I'm not paying for it... you are! Sucker!

    I want... no no... I DEMAND universal single-payer healthcare.

    I also DEMAND universal single-payer cable TV and universal single-payer X-Box.

    ...and universal single-payer iPods...

    and universal single-payer Cadillac Escalades rolling on twinny-fo inch logz, dog!

    And you silly b*stards are going to pick up the tab. Keep working hard... millions on welfare are depending on you.

    September 27, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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