POLITICS
03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Senate GOP Torpedos Kids Health Deal

A bipartisan group of senators failed to reach a deal on controversial legislation expanding a children's health insurance program, setting the stage for President Bush to veto the measure for a second time this fall.

House Republicans and senators from both parties believed a deal was at hand on Thursday to amend a House-passed version of a bill that expands the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) by $35 billion over five years.

But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) rebuffed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) request to give the negotiators more time, forcing a vote on the House-approved bill. The measure was approved 64-30.

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