Overriding the S-CHIP VETO
72% of the American public (including 61% of Republicans) wants the reauthorization and expansion of the S-CHIP program that protects children’s health. The program was invented largely by Republicans, works very well, saves money for businesses and increases performance in education (thus saving society later from higher unemployment and prison rates). But most Americans just believe that this is the right thing to do. Yet, today, President Bush has vetoed the reauthorization and expansion–saying the price (41 days of the Iraq war) is just too costly. He’s consistent: This “compassionate conservative” vetoed S-CHIP as governor of Texas and it was enacted only when the Texas legislature overrode his veto. Good on them.
Now, we U.S. citizens can help Congress do the right thing and override the president’s veto. In the Senate, this seems safe. 68 Senators, including 18 Republicans, voted for this reauthorization and that meets the 2/3 majority needed to override this veto. But in the House, we are, so far, about 2 dozen votes short. 159 House members voted against reauthorization (including the otherwise progressive Kucinich (D-OH), who thinks the final version didn’t do enough!), but one has already changed his mind due to citizen pressure. The names of the Representatives and how they voted on this crucial bill are found here. If your Rep. voted against our children, call them and urge them to vote to override the veto and do right by our children. If your Rep’s name did the right thing and voted for the children–call their offices and thank them and urge them to work hard to override this veto. Call the Congressional Switchboard and ask for your Representative:202-225-3121.
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