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After Override Vote, Patrick Murphy Vows to Keep Fighting for Children's Health Care

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After Override Vote, Patrick Murphy Vows to Keep Fighting for Children's Health Care

8th District Congressman Criticizes President Bush's Short-Sighted Veto and Pledges to Work with Democrats and Republicans to Provide Health Care to Pennsylvania Kids

Today, after the House vote to override President Bush's veto of the bipartisan Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization, Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-8th District) vowed to keep fighting for children's health care. Murphy hailed the fiscally responsible legislation and said that he would support this or other legislation if it were introduced again. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has pledged not to give up on insuring millions of American children who need health care. This common-sense legislation could mean an additional 3.8 million children from low income families - including 140,000 here in Pennsylvania - would receive health care. The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act has the support of 43 governors and earlier, was approved by bipartisan votes of 265-159 in the House and 67-29 in the Senate. The vote to override President Bush's veto failed by 273-156.

"Millions of American children go to bed every night without health care, including thousands here in Pennsylvania. That's why I pledge to keep fighting President Bush's veto and do the right thing for our kids," said Congressman Patrick Murphy. "This fiscally responsible measure was supported by 43 governors and dozens of Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate. I will keep working with Democrats and Republicans to make it possible for hard working parents to keep their kids healthy."

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