Congress braces for president's SCHIP veto

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The House was poised on Tuesday to vote on a controversial children's healthcare bill, a move that likely will spark a showdown with the president. The Senate is expected to vote later this week on the bill.


President Bush this week reiterated his plans to veto the State Children's Health Insurance Program legislation. The bill, which House and Senate leaders have agreed to, would increase spending for the program by $35 billion over five years. The legislation would not fund the program with Medicare cuts, an outcome that long-term care providers have strongly opposed.

The House has been trying to gather votes to override the president's likely veto. It would need a two-thirds majority to do so. Short of that, lawmakers and the administration would have to agree on a temporary extension of the program, which is set to expire Sunday.