The U.S. House of Representatives voted 289-139 to pass a bill that would expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program and increase tobacco taxes to fund it. The legislation, which the Senate Finance Committee plans to tackle today, intends to boost the number of children in the program from 6.7 million to about 11 million. "This coverage is critical. It is fully paid for, and I hope that the Senate acts with the same sense of urgency so that it can be one of the first measures I sign into law when I am president," President-elect Barack Obama said.

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