His defense lawyer, James C.

Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said most states would have enough money to continue their programs for a while even if SCHIP expires at the end of this month.However, he said about 12 states may not have enough money to keep going for a sustained period.

He did not provide a list of the states.House Republican leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he supported Bush's call for a temporary extension of the program.

He described the legislation to be offered by Democrats as flawed and partisan.

However, Grassley said an extension leaves many children without health coverage."I talked to the president this morning," Grassley said.

"I pointed out that his limit of $5 billion over five years isn't enough to accomplish what he said he wants to do, and that's cover more kids.

" And the president may have another incentive to play tough, says Axelrod..

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Thousands of chanting demonstrators filled the streets of this little Louisiana town Thursday in a massive show of support for six black teenagers initially charged with attempted murder in the beating of a white classmate.