Kids' Health Care Bill Heads for 2nd Veto

Senate passes revised S-CHIP, but Bush says it won't pass muster
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2007 7:51 AM CDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, to discuss the Children's Health Care Compromise Bill. President Bush has...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Senate yesterday passed a revised S-CHIP bill that would provide health insurance for 10 million underprivileged children, CNN reports, but President Bush has vowed a second veto because it raises tobacco taxes. The bill passed 64-30, with high-profile Republicans such as Charles Grassley joining the majority.

Like the first try, the bill would expand funding for the program by $35 billion over 5 years, and it also lacks the two-thirds majority required to override a veto. But Senate Finance Committee chair Max Baucus told Reuters that Congress was making progress on a veto-proof compromise bill.