Patrick Murphy: S-CHIP Veto Shortsighted
8th District Congressman Condemns Bush for Making it Harder for Hard Working Pennsylvania Families to Keep Their Children Healthy
Today, following President Bush's veto of the bipartisan Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization, Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-8th District) released the following statement. The SCHIP bill vetoed by President Bush would have meant 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 was approved by wide, bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate.
"President Bush's shortsighted veto puts in jeopardy the health of millions of children from across America - including thousands from right here in the 8th District. I pledge to keep fighting for bipartisan solutions on behalf of parents who work hard, play by the rules and just want to keep their kids healthy."
6,700 Bucks County Children Currently Enrolled in SCHIP
162,800 Pennsylvania Children Currently Enrolled in SCHIP