The White House Confronts Congress over Domestic Spending

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Last Friday, President Bush told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi he still plans to veto expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, despite overwhelming approval in Congress and the advice of a lot of conservative allies. Pelosi said she's praying that he'll change his mind, but Democrats are rubbing their hands over what they see as a political opportunity. So many Republican Senators face trouble next year that the upper house gave the bill a veto-proof majority. We hear the pros and cons of extending government coverage to four million uninsured kids for five years.  How does it compare to funding wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this year alone?

Credits

Guests:
Jonathan Weisman - New York Times - @jonathanweisman, Merrill Matthews - Director of the Council for Affordable Health Insurance, Ron Pollack - Families USA - @Ron_Pollack, Martin Kady - Politico - @mkady, Greg Speeter - Executive Director of the National Priorities Project, Ron Brownstein - Atlantic / CNN - @RonBrownstein

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Katie Cooper