10/04/07 © Florida Health News
Brooksville—Despite a heavy rain, local children’s health care and peace advocates gathered outside the Brooksville office of U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite Thursday to urge her to vote to override Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Heath Insurance Program (SCHIP) expansion bill.
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Bush on Wednesday vetoed a bipartisan plan to spend $35 billion over the next five years to expand SCHIP to reach an additional 4 million children nationwide and about 230,000 in Florida. Currently, about 6.4 million children are covered nationally by the SCHIP.
Bush said in a speech Wednesday that he was open to a compromise to spend “a little more money” to help the nation’s poorer children. But, the New York Times reported, he did not make a specific offer, and is suggesting that only $5 billion more be spent on the program.
Although the bill had bipartisan support, indications are that there are not enough votes to override the President’s veto. Democrats have vowed a veto showdown October 18 and hope to seek enough Republican for an override.