The US House passed the reauthorization and expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program yesterday, 265-159 (roll call here). Forty-five Republicans voted for the bill, while eight Democrats voted no. The bill is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate before week’s end. Of course, Bush plans to veto it (even though it was co-authored by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley), and it didn’t get the 289 votes necessary to override in the House.
I called Spencer Bachus’ (R-AL) office yesterday to register my support for the bill, and the nice young man who answered the phone was careful to get my name and address. I figured he was making sure I’d get my polite letter a couple of weeks down the road explaining why Rep. Bachus couldn’t possibly vote the way I asked, although he’s just pleased as punch that I provided my input. What a surprise to look at the vote count today and see that he voted NO. I guess he figures none of the estimated 85,000+ uninsured children in Alabama lives in his district.