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Bush Vetoes Child Health Plan
President Bush, in a confrontation with Congress, vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have spectacularly expanded children's health insurance.
It was only the fourth veto of Bush's presidency, and one that some Republicans feared might bear steep risks for their party in next year's elections. The Senate permitted the bill with enough votes to override the veto, but the margin in the House fell short of the required number.
The White House sought as little attention as probable, with the president exercising his veto at the back of closed doors devoid of any fanfare or news coverage.