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Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 -- Veto Message From the President of the United States

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CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2007--VETO MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES -- (House of Representatives - October 18, 2007)

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Ms. BERKLEY. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

Madam Speaker, coming from a State with one of the highest percentages of uninsured children, I know how important it is that we succeed in overriding the President's veto today.

I think it's absolutely shameful that in the United States of America, in the 21st century, in a country of such great abundance, we have to override a Presidential veto to provide essential health care to kids from lower-income, hardworking American families.

Passage of this bill is essential to ensure continued coverage for the more than 30,000 kids currently receiving their health care by the SCHIP program in Nevada. And the bill will also enable Nevada to reach out to the nearly 70,000 children currently eligible who remain uninsured and not in the program because of a lack of funding.

I urge my colleagues to vote to override this veto. It's a shame that he vetoed this bill in the first place.

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