The House fell 14 votes short on its second attempt to override a presidential veto of a bill to reauthorize the State Childrens Health Insurance Program.
President Bush last month vetoed a bill that would have reauthorized SCHIP at $35 billion above the programs baseline of $25 billion over five years, using tobacco tax money as a funding source and covering 10 million children in total.
The vote of 260-152 did not sustain the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto. The White House has opposed the funding levels and eligibility requirements that Congress has proposed in the bill, in addition to tobacco taxes as a source of revenue.
Some interest groups hope Congress wont let the issue drop this year. We encourage leaders of Congressespecially as we get closer to the electionsto keep bringing the legislation up for a vote, said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, in a written statement. -- by Jennifer Lubell