Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) voted to sustain the veto of the current SCHIP legislation that would cut Medicare funding and benefits for seniors, increase taxes, reduce incentives to middle income families to retain private insurance and expand coverage to people residing in the United States illegally.

SCHIP was created to see that low-income families and children in our country have access to health care, not to create a government-run health care system open to illegals on the backs of American taxpayers, said Poe. I cannot support a health care plan that offers benefits to illegals while kicking Americas seniors off Medicare. I am strongly in favor of helping those in need, but creating additional hardships and government dependence in the process is not the solution. For the health and well-being of our nations children, it is now time for lawmakers to work across the aisle to pass legislation that serves the low-income children this program was designed to care for.

H.R. 976, the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007:

? Eliminates proof-of-citizenship requirements

? Reduces Medicare benefits to seniors

? Raises taxes on most tobacco products

? Increases federal spending that eventually will require additional tax increases to pay for it

? Redefines low-income and children thereby increasing the number of government dependents

Congressman Poe is a cosponsor of H.R. 3584, which provides an 18-month extension of SCHIP so that Congress can work out any disagreements with the program. This bill provides a 20 percent increase in funding equal to what the administration requested and keeps the current requirement for citizenship verification.