WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans sustained President Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill for the second time in as many weeks, ignoring a new report that 21 states will run out of SCHIP funds in 2008 unless Congress approves the program with a big increase over current spending.
The NAACP has declared a “state of emergency” in the criminal justice system’s brutal mistreatment of Black youth across the nation. The declaration cites the zealous over-prosecution of the Jena Six teenagers in Louisiana, the killing by guards of Martin Lee Anderson, 14, at a Florida boot camp last year and the Oct. 4 beating and pepper-spraying of Shelwanda Riley, 15, for curfew violation in Fort Pierce, Fla.
The struggle over health care reform in California goes on, following Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s veto last month of health care legislation passed by both houses of the Democratic-led Legislature and backed by the state’s labor federation and a broad coalition of health care organizations.
Four thousand UAW members at 11 local unions in six states have been on strike since Oct. 23 against International Truck and Engine, maker of Navistar trucks, in response to the company’s unfair labor practices.
With contract approval at Chrysler, the United Auto Workers is shifting gears to Ford, the third company with which it needs to hammer out a new contract.
CLEVELAND — Blasting the insurance and drug company “rackets” that are draining Medicare, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) urged seniors here to get active in the fight to preserve and expand the besieged federal health care system.