Members of the House voted 273-156 in an attempt to override the presidential veto of the popular children’s health insurance program, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed.
U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, Vermont’s Democrat in the House, voted with the majority as expected.
UPDATE: Here’s Welch’s statement.
“President Bush and his allies in Congress have once again demonstrated that they are completely out of touch with the needs of working families. Vermonters long ago recognized that providing children with health care is both cost effective and the right thing to do. The President has no problem pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into a failed policy in Iraq, yet he turns a deaf ear to hard working Americans who simply want to bring their children to a doctor when they are sick. His stubborn refusal to help these children is a national disgrace.”