Obama signs bill to expand SCHIP

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Congress’ decision to expand SCHIP also was applauded by many health care, social welfare and union groups.

“This vote underscores the importance of having the grass-roots voice heard in the halls of Congress, said Gabe Gonzalez, director of the Campaign for Community Values, an advocacy group for low-income Americans. “This didn’t just happen. It was a monumental effort by thousands of community leaders making calls, writing letters and e-mails, and dropping in on their representatives.”

Wednesday’s White House signing gave Mr. Obama a welcome respite from a difficult week in which two of his appointees embarrassingly withdrew from consideration because of tax problems. On Tuesday, former Sen. Tom Daschle dropped out as health and human services secretary nominee, and Nancy Killefer removed herself from the nomination to be chief performance officer.

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