While here Sen. Dole weighed in on the SCHIP bill. She said while she wants to reauthorize it and supports expanding funding for the program, she says the bill hurts North Carolina in its current form because the source of the funding comes from a heavy tobacco tax. Local Congressman Mike McIntyre says he's changing his stance on the SCHIP bill and will now vote to override President Bush's veto. Like Sen. Dole, he said he objected to the method of funding for the bill -- but has "always supported the SCHIP program and will do what is necessary to preserve it for the sake of children and families in need."
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