House Falling Short on SCHIP Override, Pelosi Admits
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reversed her stance from a week earlier, appearing resigned Sunday that Democrats would not convince enough Republicans to pass an expansion of a children’s health insurance program over President Bush’s veto.
“Isn’t that sad for America’s children?” she asked on ABC’s “This Week.” Her second appearance on a Sunday talk show in as many weeks came days before the House is expected to vote again on the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Last week, Pelosi was far more optimistic about the chances of overriding Bush’s veto, saying on “Fox News Sunday” that the Democrats needed “about 14 Republican votes” to reach the required two-thirds majority.
A virtual indictment of Nancy Pelosi’s inability to effectively run the office of Speaker. She is so inept in the task of bipartisan politics that she can’t find 14 Republicans (out of 202) to support a program that has outraged a large part of the country by its very stinginess.
But Pelosi has been unable to deliver on any issues of consequence.