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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 23, 2007

Just the Facts: "Over Half the Families in America Are Not Poor"
Congress' SCHIP Bill Would Cover The Majority Of American Families With Children

"The President vetoed Congress' SCHIP bill because they were asking for a policy that was bad, not because they were asking for too much money.  Congress' bill would result in 57 percent of children in America and about 53 percent of families with children being potentially eligible for public assistance.  The President has said poor children should come first.  Over half the families in America are not poor."

–White House Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto

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