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October 03, 2007 09:48 PM UTC

Bush Gives SCHIP the Big Veto

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  • by: Colorado Pols


As The Associated Press reports:

President Bush, in a sharp confrontation with Congress, on Wednesday vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have dramatically expanded children’s health insurance.

It was only the fourth veto of Bush’s presidency, and one that some Republicans feared could carry steep risks for their party in next year’s elections. The Senate approved the bill with enough votes to override the veto, but the margin in the House fell short of the required number.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., decried Bush’s action as a “heartless veto.”

Colorado Democrats responded quickly as well.

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12 thoughts on “Bush Gives SCHIP the Big Veto

    1. I wonder if the House Democrats can find 20 more Republicans willing to peel off so they don’t have to face “you don’t care about the children” ads in ’08?  Vote counters say at least 5 of the Democrats voting “No” or “Present” during the initial vote will vote to override.

      1. so if I’m adding right, we need 14 Republicans to reach 19 to ovveride the veto. The Senate has the necessary majority.

        As far the as House goes, we had 8 Dems vote no–it wouldn’t hurt if they all got on board, either.

        1. The initial House vote was 24 votes short of veto-proof.  The Dems are reportedly switching at least 5 of the 8 for an override attempt, leaving them hunting for 19 Republicans (possibly along with the other 3 Democrats…).

  1.   I presume that Stillborn and Tanc voted against the bill while the four Dems from Colo. voted for it. 
      How did Musty come down on this one?  Wasn’t this a golden opportunity for her to show her newfound independence from the White House and the House GOP leadership?

  2. Let’s see, 190 billion (for a year at most) for Iraq is necessary. But $35 billion (several years) is unsustainable. I guess it shows where the priorities are.

    After catching  a bit of post-veto debate on CSPAN and seeing numerous Republican opposition, I began to wonder if they all drank from the same Kool-Aid. The Representatives and Senators were different, but the talking points among the opposition were almost identical.
     

    1. and you will have the actual long term cost for this fiasco.
      That is why Bush vetoed it. Long term ACTUAL costs.

      More liberal smoke and mirrors.
      One step closer to total socialized medicine, and two steps closer to being a mirror to the failed USSR.

      1. Where do you get your 3-4 times?  And even if you are correct, better spent on the children of America than Iraq.

        So, the three dozen nations with national health plans are like the USSR?  Give me a fucking break.

        Did I mention that you are a total idiot?

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