President May Be Willing To Compromise


Sunday, October 14th 2007, 7:26 pm
By: News On 6


WASHINGTON (AP) -- A spokesman says President Bush is willing to work with lawmakers when it comes to funding a popular children's health program.

The president vetoed a measure to boost spending for the State Children's Health Insurance Program earlier this month. The White House is portraying Democratic leaders in Congress as the ones who are unwilling to compromise.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is vowing to pass new legislation if an override effort fails. Pelosi reportedly said lawmakers "won't rest until those 10 million children have health
care."

House Democrats voted to increase spending for the SCHIP program by $35 billion over five years. Bush has called for a $5 billion increase, but says he might consider more funding under certain conditions.