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Pelosi Floor Statement Urging Override of President's Veto of SCHIP
Date:10/18/2007

her one is about illegal aliens. Clearly, the bill states no federal funding for illegal aliens. It is also the law of the land. Illegal aliens do not get benefits. So don't use that as an excuse to deprive 10 million children in our country who are eligible for enrollment in SCHIP that they shouldn't get it.

"This has been a bipartisan effort. And some of what has been said about this is simply not true. But don't take it from me. Senator Orrin Hatch, former chair of the Health Committee, in the Senate now, a ranking member said: 'I believe that some have given the President bad advice on this matter because I believe that supporting this bipartisan compromise to provide health coverage to low-income children is the morally right thing to do. If we were truly compassionate, it seems to me we'd endorse this program.' Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah.

"Senator Charles Grassley, former chair of the Finance Committee, another committee of jurisdiction, now the ranking member said: 'The President's claims about SCHIP are flatly incorrect. The SCHIP bill is not a government takeover of health care. Screaming 'socialized medicine' during a health care debate is like shouting 'fire' in a crowded theater. It is intended to cause hysteria that diverts people from looking at the facts.' Senator Grassley, Republican of Iowa.

"And so my colleagues, we have a decision today to override the President's veto, which would be in my view the right thing to do for our children and for our country. It's not about compassion, it's about fairness. And this is a bill that has been bipartisan in its development and required enormous sacrifice from the Democrats in the House of Representatives. We had a much higher goal. This is what is achievable for the children. It should have been signed by the President. There is no reason that he has given that is consistent with the facts. And so I urge my colleagues to think about the children, to think about Bethany and
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