President Bush today vetoed H.R. 3963, the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007.
Bush, who vetoed an earlier State Children’s Health Insurance Program bill, H.R. 976, in October, says the new bill would cost too much and draw too many children who now have private health coverage into government programs
SCHIP now provides free or subsidized health coverage for about 7 million children.
The current SCHIP authorization law already has expired, and the program is operating under a temporary measure called a “continuing resolution.”
House members voted 211 to 180 to postpone consideration of the veto message, with all Republicans who voted voting against postponement and all but one Democrat who voted voting for postponement.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says the Democrats will be trying to reverse the veto, preparing to introduce a narrow temporary SCHIP extension bill, and also negotiating with Republican colleagues to come up with a broader bill if the veto stands.
“We want to protect the health care of the children who are on SCHIP now, and we’re working to expand that to the 10 million children,” Pelosi says in a statement about the new SCHIP bill veto.
The following is the text of the veto message that President Bush sent to the House:
TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: