House passes SCHIP funding with strong support.

An overwhelming bipartisan majority in the House voted 265–159 tonight to pass the popular and successful Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act. The support fell just short of the two-thirds majority needed to override Bush’s expected veto of the bill. Speaker Pelosi called on Bush to “dig deeply into his heart” before depriving millions of children of health insurance:

I’m reminded of the Bible tonight, and I speak with all of the sincerity and all of the hope to President Bush in the hope that he will change his mind. To dig deeply into his heart and think about the children in America who don’t have healthcare. Because if not, I think that the President is giving new meaning to the words, ‘suffer, little children.’ Suffer, little children, if your parents can’t afford health insurance.

Watch it:


Roll Call vote here. The Gavel has more from today’s floor debate.