Etheridge Joins Forces Override Forces

Another North Carolina Democrat has changed his mind and says he will vote with the majority of his party to support a bill that expands children's health insurance coverage.

Representative Bob Etheridge voted against the bill last month because it paid for the expansion with a 61 cent increase in the federal cigarette tax. Etheridge represents tobacco-growing areas.

Etheridge says health care is important for children's success.

President Bush vetoed the bill and an attempt to override the veto is scheduled today. About two dozen lawmakers would have to change their votes to override the veto.

Representative Mike McIntyre said Monday he changed his mind and
would vote for an override. McIntyre also represents tobacco-growing regions.