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PNS Daily Newscast - September 24, 2020 

President Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power post election; and COVID vaccine #4 needs volunteers.

2020Talks - September 24, 2020 

A new report highlights importance of keeping guns away from the polls; and Florida wants an investigation of a fund to help pay returning citizens' court fees and fines so they can vote.

S-CHIP Passes House, Supporters Urge Bush to Make ‘Healthy Choice’

September 26, 2007

Washington, DC – The fate of thousands of New Mexico families looks to be held on the tip of President Bush's pen. The House of Representatives passed an expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program last night, but the threat of a Presidential veto still looms. New Mexico Representative Tom Udall voted for the expansion, which he says is essential for more than 50,000 children in New Mexico.

"We all know that children are more likely to succeed in education and life if they're healthy and they have a good health care system to support them. I just don't understand why the President would veto a bill like this."

The President has said the bill is too costly and unfair to private insurers. Supporters point out that most of the families in question aren't able to afford private insurance in the first place. The bill now moves to the Senate where it is expected to pass easily.

Sally Moore with Community Action New Mexico says it's children in the Land of Enchantment who will pay the real price if President Bush follows through on his threat.

"Should the President follow through, it means that more people are sick, it means that more children don't have the help they need, it means that people aren't safe in this country for very basic needs."

Eric Mack/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NM