Pelosi: Democrats Will Continue Fight for SCHIP Children's Health Insurance
Democrats to continue efforts for making affordable health insurance available to children.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, and Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel held a news conference late this afternoon in the Capitol on the SCHIP bill. Shortly after the news conference, President Bush vetoed the bill. Below are the Speaker's opening remarks:
"Good afternoon. It is reported that later today that the President will veto the SCHIP bill. Once again, he will veto the SCHIP bill.
"This is indeed a sad action for him to take, because so many children in our country need access to quality health care. That is why we were able to pass with strong bipartisan support, in the House and Senate, with the veto-proof majority in the Senate, legislation that would cover 10 million children in America at the cost of $35 billion. It was all paid for.