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WASHINGTON, DC - Sept. 26: Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Sen. John A. Barrasso, R-Wyo., Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss., and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., during a news conference on a bill that would reauthorize and expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). President Bush is expected to veto the bill. The Senate is expected to hold a cloture vote on the SCHIP measure Thursday, then clear the bill soon after for the president. The Senate passed its version of the bill in August with 68 votes -- enough to override a veto. But, because the measure originated in the House, that chamber will get first crack at a veto override. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., a chief proponent of the bill in the Senate, urged Bush again on Wednesday to spare Congress the trouble, invoking former President Lyndon B. Johnson and St. Luke in the process. "A measure of a great society is how it treats its children," Kennedy said. "The actions of Congress and the president over the coming days will determine whether we meet that test. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly).

WASHINGTON, DC - Sept. 26: Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Sen. John A. Barrasso, R-Wyo., Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss., and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., during a news conference on a bill that would reauthorize and expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). President Bush is expected to veto the bill. The Senate is expected to hold a cloture vote on the SCHIP measure Thursday, then clear the bill...
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