October 03, 2007

STATEMENT OF U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ONPRESIDENT BUSH'S VETO OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE BILL

"The President claims he is vetoing the CHIP bill because it is too expensive.   I disagree.   It is estimated that we will spend $650 billion in Iraq in five years, yet the President says we cannot afford $35 billion over five years for the health care of American children.  One month of what we spend in Iraq would provide health care to 7.4 million American children. The President's priorities are wrong.   The Senate has a veto proof majority, but the House does not.   I hope that the American people will express their disappointment to the House members who did not support the bipartisan CHIP bill.   There is still an opportunity to reverse the President's veto, but it will take the voices of the American people.

"Today, more than 100,000 Maryland children from working families receive affordable, comprehensive health care through CHIP.    This bipartisan bill will allow those children to keep their coverage, and it will give another 42,000 uninsured Maryland children the chance to live healthier lives."