Senator Leticia Van de Putte said the following, in reaction to President Bush's Veto on the CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2007 (HR 976):
"I am appalled by President Bush's action this morning. The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2007 is truly a bipartisan compromise to ensure programs will target low-income uninsured children.
"The Act would have provided an extra $35 billion over the next five years for the program, to help provide coverage for 10 million children. This would have meant a 21% increase for the state of Texas, resulting in an additional $324.1 million.
"CHIP has been enormously successful in Texas, as our state ranks dead last in the nation when it comes to the percentage of our population without health care coverage. The Texas Legislature recently authorized a new law to restore the CHIP rolls by more than 120,000. However, our vision to rebuild the program cannot become reality without congressional action. We must support this effort so that we can reach our eligible children who are without health insurance.
"The House and the Senate adopted HR 976, but the President has still vetoed the Act, which is crucial to our state and Texas families.
"I am urging all Texans to contact their respective Congressmen and Senators asking for their support to override the President's veto. Ultimately, if this measure is not overridden our state will lose millions of dollars and Texas children will suffer."