The House voted 273 to 156 to override the veto, however this was 16 votes short of the 2/3 necessary to override the President's veto and pass this bill into law. "I am disappointed the President is playing politics with our children's health", said Perlmutter. "As we saw with the vote on stem cell research, the President and many Republicans reject the will of the majority of Americans and the hopes and promise that basic health care services can provide to our children. Be assured, I will continue to fight to keep kids from hardworking American families ."Rep. Diana DeGette placed her comments in a letter to the editor  of the Rocky Mountain News.
The bipartisan SCHIP compromise bill is not an entitlement for the middle class. Rather, it's a block grant focusing on providing basic health care coverage to the poorest children in America. It is shameful to deny health care to the poorest of America's kids, including 116,000 kids in Colorado, while we spend millions of dollars on Iraqi health care. President Bush and his Republican colleagues should wise up and make the children of America a top priority.How did Colorado's other Congresspersons vote? Here's the tally .