President Bush "will veto" legislation expanding a children's health insurance program by $35 billion over five years, the White House reiterated Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush "will veto" legislation expanding a children's health insurance program by $35 billion over five years despite Democratic pressure lobbying him to change his mind, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino reiterated Tuesday.
Even though Democrats are expected to officially send the legislation to the White House Tuesday afternoon, Perino said Bush will not veto the bill on Tuesday.
"Not today," Perino said, adding that Wednesday is likely for the veto. The president will be traveling Wednesday to Lancaster, Pa. to discuss the federal budget and taxes.
This will be just the fourth veto of Bush's presidency. After not using his veto power at all during his first four-year term, the president has vetoed three bills in his second term, one on Iraq war funding and two on stem cell legislation.
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