Representative Gene Green (TX) today voted in support of HR 2, the bipartisan State Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. This legislation passed the House of Representatives 290-135 and was signed today by President Obama. Similar legislation was vetoed twice by President Bush in the 110th Congress.
Representative Green was present at the signing ceremony.
“The 175,000 Texas children who were kicked off the rolls in 2003 know all too well of the state’s willingness to balance the state budget on their backs, and I hope that this bill will take away the state’s ability to do that in the future,” said Green. “Almost half a million additional children in Texas will receive quality healthcare.”
“I am proud that this bill includes my provision to give states the option to cover immigrant children and pregnant women lawfully residing in the Unites States,” said Green.
“Children need a healthy foundation for them to grow and succeed, and the renewal of SCHIP will give America’s children a good basis,” said Green. “After two vetoes and three years of fighting for this critical legislation, we are happy that this was one of the first bills signed by President Obama.”