Bush Vetoes Children's Health Legislation

WHITE HOUSE -- As he had threatened to do, President Bush has vetoed a bipartisan children's health insurance bill.

It's only the fourth veto of Bush's presidency.

The measure was to add $35 billion to the State Children's Health Insurance Program over five years. The program subsidizes health coverage for those who live in families earning too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford their own private coverage.

Funding was to come from raising the federal cigarette tax by 61 cents, to $1 per pack.

The Senate approved the bill with enough votes to override a veto, but the margin in the House fell short of the required number.

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