October 4, 2007
Democratic leaders of Congress along with governor Tim Kaine and some General Assembly members are hoping to override President Bush's veto of the children's health care bill.
Democrats have scheduled a showdown for October 18th. Giving them some time to put pressure on House Republicans who voted against the measure.
Congressional Democrats and many Republicans say the $35 billion expansion would provide insurance to millions more children who need it. But some Republicans agree with the president that it's a step toward federalized health care. They think they'll have enough "no" votes in the House to make the veto stick.
Bush has suggested that there could be a compromise. Governor Tim Kaine and some General Assembly members will take part in a conference call Thursday afternoon urging Congress to override the president's veto.
Kaine says that the veto could deny health coverage for about 18,000 Virginia children. Bush and most congressional Republicans want something smaller. But many Republicans supported the expansion, including Senator John Warner and Reps. Frank Wolf and Thomas Davis of Virginia.