Bush Vetoes SCHIP with Little Fanfare

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The ink was barely dry today before a rare Bush veto was denounced by medical groups, family advocates and Democrats. Many Republicans are also dismayed that he chose to block expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Was it a political blunder? Expansion of SCHIP had support from die-hard conservatives, including Orin Hatch, Charles Grassley and Pat Roberts—enough Republican Senators to override a presidential veto. The big question is now in the House. Alex Wayne is covering SCHIP for Congressional Quarterly.




Warren Olney