Let me start by recognizing the good work of my colleague, Congresswoman Gwen Moore. I appreciate her efforts to bring this important program to our attention.
Economists said if Washington wanted to help jumpstart our nation's economy it needed to act fast. That's exactly what we did. Congress acted in strong bipartisan fashion to pass an economic stimulus plan that will be signed into law by President Bush today.
When Democrats took control of Congress last year, we vowed to work on behalf of all Americans.
Last week Congressional Republicans refused to join us in supporting energy legislation that will provide real relief to American consumers. Instead, Republicans once again showed that they have no problem doing the bidding of both Big Oil and the utility companies. For too long Washington has dragged its feet, denying that there was actually an energy problem.
The bipartisan CHIP Reauthorization Act had the support of over two-thirds of the U.S. Senate, nearly every U-S Governor, and an overwhelming majority of the American people. Unfortunately, it did not have the support of two crucial parties: President Bush who vetoed it and his Republican friends who voted to uphold his veto.
This week House Republicans must decide if they are going to support a bipartisan bill that provides health care to four million more children, or if they are going to back a Bush administration plan that would leave 800,000 more children uninsured.
The Washington Post headline said it best "Rotten Homecoming ----This is no way to treat a veteran."