WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Bush again threatened to veto bipartisan legislation to extend health insurance to children who have none:
“On yet another issue – this time the extension of the children’s health insurance program – it seems that President Bush is obstinately determined to defy the will of the American people and to veto carefully crafted, responsible legislation that is supported by bipartisan majorities of the House and Senate and the state’s governors.
“I am very hopeful that Congress will send this bipartisan legislation extending the children’s health insurance program to the President’s desk next week and I urge the President to reconsider his threatened veto. This legislation will continue to cover the 6 million children who currently participate in the program, and an additional 4 million eligible kids who today have none. The question before the President really comes down to this: Will you stand with American children who through no fault of their own are uninsured, or will you go back on your own campaign promise and deny them coverage?
“I urge the President to work with us to extend this critical health insurance program. It is long past time that the President realize the American people spoke loudly and clearly last November and want him to work with Congress rather than issue inflexible edicts.”