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Children's Health Insurance Program

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM -- (House of Representatives - September 26, 2007)

Mr. ALTMIRE. Mr. Speaker, at long last, after months of debate, negotiation and compromise, the House and the Senate have come to agreement on a children's health reauthorization that's going to extend health care coverage to 10 million children in this country. And last night, I'm proud to be 1 of 265 Members of this House that supported that legislation and voted to send that bill to the President.

This is bipartisan legislation. We have agreement with both the House and the Senate, but unfortunately, the House does not have the votes to override the veto at this time.

I'm asking my Republican colleagues, please consider the 10 million children that are going to lose access to health care coverage if this bill is not passed, if the veto is not overridden. We must override this veto.

These are working families that play hard, that work hard and play by the rules, and we have to find a way to ensure their children.


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