SCHIP Expansion Passes House By Lopsided Margin
by Jonathan Singer, Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 10:06:13 AM EST
The Associated Press has the details:
The House voted Wednesday to expand government-sponsored health care to 4 million more children of working families, making a down payment on President-elect Obama's promise to provide universal health care to all Americans who want it.
The bill, passed by an overwhelming 289 to 139 vote, would increase federal taxes on cigarettes by 61 cents to a dollar a pack to pay the $32.3 billion cost of expanding State Children's Health Insurance Program for the next 4 1/2 years. Departing President George W. Bush vetoed similar legislation twice in 2007.
Next on to the Senate, where I wouldn't be surprised to see the Republicans rolled in a similar fashion. As I said yesterday, this is a very good start.
Update [2009-1-14 15:38:34 by Jonathan Singer]: Here's the roll call.