Pelosi Urges Bush to Join Democrats in Helping States Fund Shortfall in Children's Health Insurance
"President Bush heard again this weekend from Democratic and Republican governors that unless
"Democrats in Congress understand the urgency and are committed to providing funding to the 14 states that do not have enough money to cover their current enrollment. That is why Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and I wrote to President Bush more than three weeks ago asking him to submit a spending proposal separate from his upcoming emergency supplemental appropriations request to cover shortfalls in funding for the children's health insurance program.
"While the President has given no indication that he will address this immediate need, I urge him to make the right choice and work with Democrats to fund this shortfall."The President's budget, which addresses funding after 2007, makes the wrong choice and could result in more children losing their health coverage over the next five years. Millions of low-income children who count on SCHIP are counting on