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Washington, D.C. - Stepping between the President and Congressional Democrats, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, the top Republican on the Senate Health Committee, and a group of GOP senators plan to offer their own "workable, realistic, inclusive" children’s health care package.

"Poor children need health insurance. The State Children’s Insurance Program provides it to them. Let’s renew this program first and afterward continue the debate about how best to help adults get health care coverage," Enzi said. "This bill would provide federal funding for children in need and require that the money actually be spent on children from families with lower incomes. We focus our bill only on needy children to ensure that all eligible children under the age of 19 have access to health insurance. I support the President’s veto of the Congressional Democratic plan because it has lost focus of what the bill should do. I believe I have some colleagues on the other side of the aisle in both the Senate and the House who see how unproductive a political stalemate like this can be for them and for us, but more importantly how it could negatively impact the children. If we are willing to suspend the politicking, even briefly, then I believe we could bring the President in and get a bill to him he would sign."

The President’s plan would spend about $30 billion over the next five years. The Democrat plan would spend about $60 billion during the same period. The bill, which could be introduced as early as tonight, Enzi favors would provide $40 billion to be strictly used for health insurance to cover low-income children under the age of 19.