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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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Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey. Madam Speaker, ``I forbid,'' the Speaker, Democrat Speaker of the House, came to the floor and gave a translation of the Latin ``veto'' and explained to us that it means ``I forbid.''

Well, I can tell you the only veto that is occurring with regard to children's health care and care for the indigent poor is occurring here tonight at the hands of the Democrat majority.

The Democrat majority is vetoing. They are saying I forbid to move forward on this legislation. Republicans have expressed the desire to move forward and reached out and said in willingness to work together.

Just a moment ago, a freshman of the Democrat side of the aisle came to that podium and cited a figure that 80 percent of the American public, as he said, quote, wishes to advance children's health care for indigent poor children. The word ``advance'' means to move forward.

But Speaker Pelosi came to the floor and said, I forbid. I will veto moving forward tonight. Instead, put it on abeyance, put it on hold and say we have to put it off for another month.

What are they putting off? Well, they are trying to move forward later on on a bill that brings us socialized health care for illegal aliens, for adults, for children, for adults. No one has denied that it's for adults. It is for childless couples and, by definition, is not for the poor. It is for middle class because, as we know, the median income in this country is $42,000. This bill will allow people upwards to $62,000 or $70,000 to be eligible for this program. By definition, therefore, it will provide for a middle-class program for universal health care.

Now, in conclusion, the Democrat conference leader explains why they are saying that they are forbidding moving forward and is very clear. He said, I enjoy politics, and that's what this bill is all about. It is about politics.

So to those who come to the floor tonight from the other side of the aisle and with a heartfelt passion that I believe is in their heart that they wish to move forward on moving advanced care for our children, I would ask your rank-and-file Members of that side of the aisle to talk to your leadership and say, Do not veto this effort. Do not say I forbid moving forward, and allow us to move forward on providing health care for indigent, poor children in this country tonight and vote ``no'' on this motion.


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