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December 15, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Bush CHIP Veto Draws Angry Reaction
(2007-10-03)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: President Bush is facing strong criticism from area lawmakers, for his veto of a bill that would have added 35-billion dollars to the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
Known as CHIP, the program is subsidized health coverage for those who earn too much for medicaid but not enough to pay for private coverage.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: Colorado Democrat U.S. Senator Ken Salazar had strong words for the president's veto.
Salazar says with the stroke of his pen Bush has denied health coverage to 100-thousand Colorado children and nearly 10-million children nationwide.
SALAZAR: THERE WERE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WHO STOOD UP AND ASKED THE PRESIDENT TO DO THE RIGHT THING, TO TAKE THE SIDE OF THE CHILDREN, AND WHAT THE PRESIDENT DID HERE IS, HE DECIDED TO AH, THROW THE CHILDREN OF COLORADO AND THE CHILDREN OF AMERICA, IN MY VIEW, UNDER THE BUS.
Salazar's older brother, 3rd District Congressman John Salazar says the president thumbed his nose at the American people like a spoiled child who must have his way.
Colorado's other U.S. Senator Republican Wayne Allard did not issue a statement reacting to the veto, but in the past has said he favors re-authorization of CHIP, but opposes the program's expansion.
New Mexico 3rd District Democrat Congressman Tom Udall says Bush put politics ahead of what's good for the country.
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter says the presidents priorities are just plain wrong.
A 61-cent increase in the federal cigarette tax, to one dollar per pack, was to have funded the program.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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