Friday, October 26, 2007

House Passes Another SCHIP Bill

The vote was 265-142. Not a single Republican switched their vote from last time, but all but one Democrat did.

Baron Hill (D-Indiana), Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Kathy Castor (D-Florida), Mike McIntyre (D-North Carolina), Bob Etheridge (D-North Carolina) all voted aye despite voting nay in the original bill, but all voted to override the President's veto last week.

Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma) who voted nay in the original bill, but voted to override the veto was not present.

Gene Taylor (D-Mississippi) was the only person to switch his vote, having voted nay originally and against overriding the veto.

Jim Marshall (D-Georgia) again voted nay, having originally voted nay and no to overriding the veto.

Republicans are angry because the vote occured while many of them were out in California with the President, including Brian Bilbray, David Dreier, Elton Gallegly, Gary Miller, Duncan Hunter, and Darrell Issa. They accused the Speaker of using the disaster and the Republican absentees as a means to show less nay votes. However, two Democrats from Southern California whose districts have been affected by the fires were also not present; San Diego's Susan Davis and Bob Filner.

Nine other Republicans were absent, all most likely nay votes, and eight, including Boren, Democrats were absent, all reliable yes votes.

The Democrats look to fall about 10 votes shy of a veto override this time, assuming they all show up.

1 comment:

Dr. T said...

So you support expanding the program to include middle classed children whose parents already have insurance and can afford to have it (or whose jobs provide it) but not to include more sick children who are poor? This just shows me that the Democrats don't care about "the children" - they care about buying middle classe votes.