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Bush vetoes children's insurance program

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.

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"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.

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