Friday, October 19, 2007

Feder Statement on SCHIP Veto

This is EXACTLY why we need Judy Feder in Congress; she's an expert on health care and will fight to make sure that everyone has access to high-quality, affordable health care. Go Judy!
Statement by Judy Feder on Congress’s Failure to Override the Veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

McLean, VA - Judy Feder, Democratic candidate for Virginia's 10th Congressional District, issued the following statement regarding the House vote to override the President's veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The vote failed to reach the 2/3rds majority required to override a Presidential veto, 273-156.

"Yesterday, the Republican Party chose to support George Bush instead of the 137,000 children in Virginia who are already eligible for SCHIP and thousands more who could benefit in the future. Those members of Congress who voted to uphold the President's veto should be held accountable for standing in the way of the health and well-being of millions of children nationwide. Today's vote makes crystal clear the misguided priorities of the President and the Republican Party. Rather than providing access to health care for low income children, House Republicans chose to provide support for a failed President and a bankrupt ideological agenda.

"Our representatives in Washington ought to be fighting to improve the lives of hard-working Americans who are trying to provide for their families, not rubber-stamping President Bush's shameful policies. I was deeply disappointed in President Bush's veto of the State Children's health Insurance Program, but I am outraged by the failure of House Republicans to step up and do the right thing today and override the President's veto. I've been fighting for affordable health care for over 30 years, and next year when I'm elected to Congress I plan to lead that fight on Capitol Hill."

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