House conservatives uphold Bush’s SCHIP veto.

Conservatives in the House blocked Congress from expanding children’s health insurance today. The House fell approximately 15 votes short of the needed 2/3 majority needed to override President Bush’s veto. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) called the SCHIP defeat a “victory” for “kids” and “taxpayers.”

UPDATE: DemfromCT has more on the role of SCHIP in the ’08 elections, and The Gavel has a sampling of newspaper editorials nationwide supporting the SCHIP bill.