Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Pro-SCHIP Rally Thursday
President Bush vetoed the SCHIP bill today, as expected. With 67 Senators supporting the bill, everything falls on the House of Representatives to override the veto. If all the Democrats in the House and the Republicans who supported SCHIP last time vote to override, they'll still be 15 votes short. That's 15 Republicans who need to be swayed.
Here's some polling data on the issue, from ABC News and the Washington Post:
"There's a proposal to increase federal spending on children's health insurance by 35 billion dollars over the next five years. It would be funded by an increase in cigarette taxes. Supporters say this would provide insurance for millions of low-income children who are currently uninsured. Opponents say this goes too far in covering children in families that can afford health insurance on their own. Do you support or oppose this increased funding for this program?" Options rotated.(For more good information on SCHIP, see here and here.)
It might be a lost cause, but a group of activists is ready to try to convince Congressman Tim Walberg, who voted against Michigan's children, to change his mind and vote to stand with 72 percent of Americans. From the Battle Creek Enquirer:
I'd love to be there, but, unfortunately, I'm not actually in the state of Michigan at the moment... Still, I'd encourage everyone to go. Maybe, if enough people show up, it might convince Congressman Walberg to change his mind.
I wonder if Kate Segal is going to be on the state's payroll while she's at the protest? She is Schauer's district person... Is this considered campaigning while on the government's pay clock?Post a Comment
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