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July 23, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

Can Congress Force SCHIP Expansion Past Bush?

According to this L.A. Times article, Bush may be facing his first veto override. Some lawmakers are predicting that there may be enough Republicans in both chambers who are willing to defy the President’s veto threat in favor of expanding this politically-popular program to provide health care to uninsured children:

>Many Republicans are “very nervous,” said Sen. Gordon H. Smith (R-Ore.), a supporter of a compromise formula that Bush opposes. “On the one hand, you’ve got the veto threat. On the other hand is the political importance of expanding healthcare for children. This is public policy broadly supported by the American people.”
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>"I personally believe there is a reasonable chance he’ll be overridden, but I don’t want to make any predictions," said Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), one of the authors of the original program.

Contemptuous

via the Politico’s The Crypt blog:

>House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) has just announced that the panel will meet on Wednesday to vote on contempt citations against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolton and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers.
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>Both Bolton and Miers were subpoenaed as part of the congressional investigation into the firing of nine U.S. attorneys last year. White House officials have declined to turn over internal documents sought by House and Senate Democrats, and White House Counsel Fred Fielding has offered only very limited circumstances under which White House aides – such as Karl Rove – can be interviewed about the firings. Miers, citing a White House claim of executive privilege, declined to appear at a July 12 hearing to offer testimony on the firings.

Did You Know…

Thanks to Senator C. Saxy Chambliss (R-GA) slipping in a bill on June 29th, July 2007 has officially been designated “National Watermelon Month.

Without first scrolling down on Chambliss’s page to see his campaign funding sources, can you guess which industry he gets most of his money from?

Endless Blockades

A couple weeks ago I did some math and figured that the Republican minority in the 110th Congress was set to shatter the previous record of forcing cloture votes (votes that require 60 votes in favor rather than 51) in the Senate. Now McClatchy Newspapers has put together a chart to show just how extreme the practice has become.

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