Day: February 4, 2009

President Barack Obama stands with first lady Michelle Obama after signing the SCHIP legislation in the East Room of the White House Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) 

From The Associated Press:

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama signed a bill Wednesday extending health coverage to 4 million uninsured children, a much-needed win a day after he lost his nominee to lead his drive for sweeping health care reform. “This is good. This is good,” a smiling Obama said as he entered the East Room for the packed, ebullient signing ceremony.

The bill went to the White House fresh from passage in the Democratic-controlled House, on a vote of 290-135. Forty Republicans joined in approval.

The bill calls for spending an additional $32.8 billion on the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as SCHIP, which now enrolls an estimated 7 million children. Lawmakers generated that revenue by raising the federal tobacco tax.

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