Pelosi Statement on Senate Passage of SCHIP

Washington, D.C. — Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement tonight after the Senate voted 66 to 32 to pass the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization bill:

“Tonight, 11 million of America’s children are one step closer to receiving quality, affordable health care through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is critical to supporting hard-working families in these difficult economic times.  By ensuring health care for these children, families will get regular doctor visits and preventive care so that minor illnesses do not become more serious, saving parents out-of-pocket medical expenses and avoiding costly emergency room care.

‘Now that the Senate has acted, I am confident we will soon send President Obama bipartisan legislation that will make America a stronger and healthier nation.”