Congress Overrides Bush Veto on Medicare

WASHINGTON, July 15 - Congress today overrode President Bush's veto of a bill that would protect doctors from cuts in their Medicare payments. The Senate vote to override the veto was 70 to 26.

"Congress put the interests of 44 million American seniors covered by Medicare and the doctors who care for them over the interests of the insurance industry," said Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Sanders noted that the measure also boosts reimbursements for community health centers that play a critical role in providing cost-effective primary health care and dental services to more than 86,000 Vermonters.