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WASHINGTON, DC - Oct. 03: Sen. Orrin G. Hatch talks to reporters near the Senate chamber in the U.S. Capitol. President Bush on Wednesday vetoed legislation,which Hatch supports, to expand a children's health insurance program, drawing immediate fire from congressional Democrats and setting up an override showdown that could be politically perilous for some Republicans. The bill Bush vetoed (HR 976) would expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, by $35 billion over the next five years, to $60 billion. That would be enough, Democrats say, to provide health coverage to 10 million children whose families are low-income but not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid -- about 4 million more than the program now covers. Expanding the program has been a major priority for congressional Democrats, who have talked of legislative measures to assist middle-class families stressed by stagnant wages, a deteriorating housing market and rapidly growing health care costs. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly).

WASHINGTON, DC - Oct. 03: Sen. Orrin G. Hatch talks to reporters near the Senate chamber in the U.S. Capitol. President Bush on Wednesday vetoed legislation,which Hatch supports, to expand a children's health insurance program, drawing immediate fire from congressional Democrats and setting up an override showdown that could be politically perilous for some Republicans. The bill Bush vetoed (HR 976) would expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, by $35 billion over the...
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