Friday, October 19, 2007

SCHIP Update - Override vote fails

Jill A. Hanken, Staff Attorney, Virginia Poverty Law Center sent the following information:

The House failed to override the President’s veto of the SCHIP bill on a 273 to 156 vote. With 429 members voting, the override needed 286 votes – so they needed 13 more votes.

The Virginia votes stayed the same:

Voting for the bill and the veto override: Bobby Scott, Rick Boucher, Jim Moran, Tom Davis and Frank Wolf

Voting against the bill – Eric Cantor, Bob Goodlatte, Virgil Goode, Thelma Drake, Randy Forbes

Please express your thanks and disappointment, as appropriate!

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to hold a news conference later today. I understand there will still be a push to insure 10 million uninsured children (6 million already on SCHIP, and add 4 million more). Discussions about details and new compromises should begin soon.

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