Defying a veto threat from President Bush, the Senate just defeated a cloture motion on the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), by a vote of 69–30. The Roll call vote is here. Passage of the bill will occur shortly. During the debate, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), one of the 18 Republican senators to vote for the compromise legislation, excoriated the White House for holding the bill “hostage.” Roberts noted that Bush has nothing to offer himself:
I have yet to see a plan from the administration that can actually pass the Congress. In fact, I have yet to see an actual plan from the administration. I have yet to see bullet points from the administration. I have yet to see any plan that can be articulated in some fashion to sell to the American public, or to the members of this body. We don’t even have an acronym!
UPDATE: The National Review blog complains Roberts is “making matters much worse for conservatives right now” by “excoriating President Bush.”