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Congress Passes SCHIP! Presidential Veto Threatened!
Update September 27, 2007: The Senate passed SCHIP by a vote of 62-29!
Thank you for your advocacy on this issue! We will update you about the President's expected veto and a possible override vote.
September 26, 2007
By a vote of 265-159 (and one member voting “present”) the House cleared legislation reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). This is unfortunately 19 votes short of the level necessary to override the expected President veto. The bill now moves to the Senate later this week.
Even though the House fell short of the support needed to override President Bush’s promised veto, it is still important for Senators to hear from supporters of SCHIP and the critical improvements in this legislation (HR 976) including a new requirement for equitable coverage of mental illness and a 6-month moratorium on regulations curbing rehabilitative services under Medicaid. A toll-free number is available to call your Senators’ offices in support of this SCHIP bill – 800-828-0498
You can also click here to email your Senators!
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