Friday, October 5, 2007

Pretty Much Sums It Up

Word on the street is that it's not looking good for an override to the veto.
That story is here.

That is why the Farmer-Labor Caucus is calling on you.

Michele Bachmann voted against this thing and will probably vote to uphold the veto to make sure kids don't have access to health care. You can call her at 202-225-2331 or 651-731-5400 or 320-253-5931. Leave a message at all three just to be sure.

Then you can call these Democrats who voted against it in the House.
Reps. David Boren (Okla.), Betty Castor (Fla.), Bobby Etheridge (N.C.), Baron Hill (Ind.), Jim Marshall (Ga.), Mike McIntyre (N.C.), and Gene Taylor (Miss.).

Also in the list of Dems who voted "nay" is Dennis Kucinich who didn't vote for SCHIP because it doesn't do enough.

“HR 676 [not SCHIP] guarantees full health care coverage for all children. When considering a universal health care proposal, HR 676, the Medicare for All bill, is the only health care plan that addresses three important issues: quality, accessibility, and cost. HR 676 stands alone in an increasingly crowded field of efforts to provide health care coverage to all,” Kucinich said.

He is a person of integrity that is for sure. It will be interesting to see how he votes on the override.

How do you think Kucinich should vote on the override?


classconscious said...

Just for the record, Diane Watson is hard core Progressive. From her congressional website. She is one of the 8 who voted to defund the Iraq occupation.

For Immediate Release
October 3, 2007 Contact: Bert Hammond
(202) 225-7084

Lois Hill Hale
(323) 965-1422

Watson Supports SCHIP Legislation

Washington, DC— Congresswoman Watson released the following statement today after President Bush vetoed bipartisan legislation that would provide health insurance to 10 million children through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP):

“I am a strong and vocal supporter of SCHIP's reauthorization and expansion. I have voted twice this year to continue and expand the program. The compromise SCHIP bill that was brought to the House floor on September 25th troubled me; while it would have expanded SCHIP, it would have fallen short of the goal of ensuring that every child in America gets proper health care. The compromise would have extended SCHIP for five years, but would have left millions of American children---including tens of thousands in California---without health insurance coverage. For this reason, I felt I must cast a vote on behalf of those millions of children, and so I cast a vote of "present" – or "P" for protest" – in an effort to bring attention to their plight.

I remain committed to expanding and extending the SCHIP program, and to providing health insurance for every American child. As expected, today the President vetoed the bill. When it is sent back to Congress, I will be voting to override his veto.”

Anonymous said...

I don't see on this issue how it's ok to not vote to increase funding for these kids. This is as progressive as it's going to get until there is a new president and the democrats are able to actually get enough votes to pass anything. Watson needs to vote to override and so does Kucinich! They made their points now they need to vote to get this passed.

classconscious said...

She said she'd vote to override the veto. That's why I posted her press release. Watson (and Kucinich) is as good as it gets for a congressperson. I wish she were my representative in congress. America benefits from her conscience and courage.