Berkley, Porter For, Heller Against Child Health Bill

The House passed a revised children's health proposal today, but not by the two-thirds margin that supporters will need if President Bush vetoes the measure as promised.

The 265-142 vote was a victory for Bush and his allies, who urged House Republicans to reject Democrats' claims that changes to the legislation had met their chief concerns.

In Nevada's delegation, Republican Jon Porter joined Democrat Shelley Berkley in supporting the bill while Republican Dean Heller voted against it.

The bill would add $35 billion to the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

If the same vote occurs on a veto override attempt, Bush will prevail, as he did earlier this month when he vetoed a similar bill.

The tally was seven votes short of a two-thirds majority. Several House members were absent.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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