Emerson Will Vote to Override Bush Veto on Children's Insurance

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson plans to break with her GOP colleagues next week and vote to override President Bush's veto of a bill expanding children's health care.

But Emerson says she doesn't think the override effort will succeed.

The Senate approved the measure last week by a veto-proof margin, but the House fell about two dozen votes short.

Emerson was the only Missouri Republican who voted with Democratic leadership.

The bill would increase federal spending for the State Children's Health Insurance Program by $35 billion.

The program is intended for children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to buy private health insurance.

Bush says the bill would encourage people who can afford private health care to switch to government coverage.

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