The veto comes, what next?

As promised, President Bush has vetoed the recently passed SCHIP expansion bill. So now, the interesting bit begins. When will the Democrats bring the...

As promised, President Bush has vetoed the recently passed SCHIP expansion bill. So now, the interesting bit begins. When will the Democrats bring the issue back to the floor, and can they muster the votes to override the veto? According to one story, the Dems need to sway 8 Republican votes in the House.

But the larger question is how long they'll leave the issue out there. It continues to help them as they highlight the Republican position, and they'll certainly want to use those votes against certain vulnerable representatives come next fall. Expect at least two weeks of ramped up communications from groups supporting the bill, and a good amount of push back from the White House attempting to paint the Dems as unwilling to compromise. It should be interesting to see how it plays out.

See our previous SCHIP coverage here.

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