Today, the United States House of Representatives postponed the vote on overriding President Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) reauthorization bill [Source: House Roll Call 938]. The House has plans to bring up the veto override in two weeks on October 18th.
This two week interlude will give Congressional Republicans a chance to listen to the American people; a chance to listen to their constituents; a chance to listen to the 43 Governors, Democrat and Republican, who support the reauthorization of S-CHIP.
I’ve heard many people say that opportunity only knocks once. In this case, opportunity is banging on the Republicans’ door a second time to do the right thing for America’s children.
Congressional Republicans have been given a rare opportunity to get it right; to vote yes for children’s health care. Will they seize the day? Will they seize the opportunity to provide more of America’s children with access to health care?
Will they continue to follow this poor, misguided President’s attempt to cut the legs out from under our nation’s children?
I remain hopeful that Georgia’s Congressional Republicans will join Georgia Democrats in a bipartisan fashion and do what’s right for Georgia. Do the right thing for America, help our kids, and vote to override the President’s veto in two weeks.