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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

SCHIP passes 265/159, 24 Republican votes short.

Veto looms as House passes kids' insurance plan

WASHINGTON - A major expansion of government health insurance to nearly 4 million children passed the House of Representatives Tuesday, but without enough Republican support to overcome President Bush's promised veto.

The vote was 265-159, with 45 Republicans supporting the bill. It would take 289 votes to override the president's veto.

The measure, which is likely to receive even more lopsided support in the Senate this week, is the most ambitious effort to reduce the nation's 47 million uninsured people that Congress will consider before the 2008 election.

You can find the vote count here. I'm sorry to say that one Indiana Dem, Baron Hill, voted against it.

More Better Democrats in '08!!

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