WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush Wednesday vetoed legislation that would have expanded a children's health insurance program by $35 billion over five years.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., vowed to work to override Bush's veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which enjoyed bipartisan congressional support.
"By vetoing a bipartisan bill to renew the successful Children's Health Insurance Program, President Bush is denying healthcare to millions of low-income kids in America," Reid said in a statement. "Congress will fight hard to override President Bush's heartless veto."
Bush made no secret he would veto the bill, saying it was a move toward universal healthcare, which he opposes.
Congress sent the legislation expanding the program to the White House Tuesday. The Senate last week passed the measure 67-29, enough to override a veto. The House approved the legislation 265-159, which is not enough to override a veto.