The U.S. House failed to gain enough votes today to override the president’s veto of the bill that would have expanded insurance coverage for children. The override fell short of the two-thirds vote needed — with 273 representatives voting for the override, and 156 against. The Iowa delegation’s vote was the same on the override as it was for the original vote on the bill, four yes, and one no.
Republican Steve King, of Kiron, was the only member to vote against the bill. King opposed the bill and the override, saying it would expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program to cover more more adults and illegal aliens. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican, helped put together the bill and also tried to sway Republican representatives to vote for the override of the veto.
After the vote, Grassley issued a statement saying, "The stage is set to continue working on a bipartisan approach that can do one of two things, either get a presidential signature or enough votes in the House of Representatives."