The vote in the House on SCHIP was 265-159. That’s 18 votes short of the 2/3 majority needed to override the president’s veto.
But the Speaker and the Democratic leadership are making progress. According to the most recent report I’ve found, “Pelosi said Democrats need 13 more votes to override Bush’s veto.” And that’s without knowing what Dennis Kucinich, who voted “no” because the bill would exclude children of legal immigrants, would do.
All of which is to say that Jim Idon’tknowski’s continuing refusal to talk about what he’d do on the SCHIP override vote is the height of irresponsibility. The override attempt could come down to one or two votes. If the MA-05 winner is seated in time, as could well happen, MA-05 may determine the fate of SCHIP. The people of the MA-05 district deserve to know what he would do.
Why won’t he level with them? Can he possibly respect them so little?