"As we stand here today, across the country, governors of many of the states from both parties are fighting to override the President's veto. Of course, the mayors are as well; they've had children at the top of their agenda as have the governors for a long time.
"Organizations from AARP, the AMA, and YWCA and everything alphabetically in between, including the Catholic Hospitals Association, are out there advocating for an override of this cruel veto.
"In a couple of days, in 48 hours, Congress will have a choice: a choice between meeting the needs of America's children or not. And 'not' means that states are already making plans to remove children already enrolled in SCHIP from the rolls. That is totally unacceptable.
"Because of the bipartisan nature of SCHIP, because of the bicameral agreement that we have, we have great strength. Time will tell, 48 hours, as to whether we will override the veto. But no matter what happens then, we will continue to fight to insure 10 million children.
"Think of it this way, for what we spend in 40 days in Iraq, 10 million children could be insured for one year in America. Let's put our values in order.
"With that, I'm very pleased to welcome to the podium and express my appreciation for his tremendous leadership, Senator Harry Reid. As the Majority Leader of the Senate, he has told me that no issue in his career in Congress has taken more concentration, more time, and of course more of his dedication than SCHIP. Thank you Senator Reid for your leadership on this important issue."
|SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House|
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