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WASHINGTON, DC - Oct. 18: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during a news conference after the House on Thursday failed, as expected, to override President Bush's veto of legislation to expand a children's health insurance program, despite weeks of pressure from Democrats and outside advocacy groups. The tally was 273-156, or 13 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to override the president's Oct. 3 veto of the bill (HR 976). The measure would have expanded the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, by $35 billion over five years, to $60 billion, with the costs offset by increased tobacco taxes. The Senate passed the measure last month by 67-29, more than the two-thirds majority required to overcome a veto. But with the House failure to override, the legislation dies. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly).

WASHINGTON, DC - Oct. 18: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during a news conference after the House on Thursday failed, as expected, to override President Bush's veto of legislation to expand a children's health insurance program, despite weeks of pressure from Democrats and outside advocacy groups. The tally was 273-156, or 13 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to override the president's Oct. 3 veto of the bill (HR 976). The measure would have expanded the State Children's...
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