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Pelosi: In 48 Hours, Congress Must Choose Between Meeting the Needs of America's Children or Not
Date:10/16/2007

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Orrin Hatch were joined by singer Paul Simon, Families USA, Easter Seals, and other advocates at a news conference this morning to urge Members of Congress to override the President's veto of the Children's Health Insurance Program. Below are Pelosi's opening remarks:

"Thank you, Ron Pollack, to Families USA, to Easter Seals, and to the representatives of the many organizations that are here with us on behalf of America's children.

"I too want to join in welcoming Paul Simon, not only because I'm a big fan of his music, but for reasons that Ron Pollack mentioned. I'll add to them and say that the Children's Health Fund, under the leadership of Paul Simon and Dr. Irwin Redlener, has been so active in helping to meet the needs of the children of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. So thank you very much Paul Simon, for not letting any of America's children go slip slidin' away.

"Senator Hatch is the father of this Children's Health Insurance Program. Ten years ago, he founded it and it was effectively passed into law. He has been its guardian ever since. Because of him and Senator Grassley, we have bipartisan legislation that meets the needs of America's children - 10 million of them. Everyone who cares about children's health in our country is deeply indebted to Senator Hatch.

"You see before you these champions for America's children. You see before you representatives of America's children, and those in need of health care. By-in-large they are healthy and we want them to stay that way. And when they are not, we want them to have the best possible care. And that means the earliest intervention, prevention, nutrition, and any care that they need to keep them healthy. That is an American value.

"We are gathered here today because of children's health. It's not an issue, it's an ethic, it's a value that overwhelmingly th
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