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Gregoire Threatens to Sue over S-Chip

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Washington Governor Christine Gregoire is threatening a lawsuit against the federal government.

The Governor says she may sue if the President doesn't back away from restrictions on the nation's S-Chip children's health care system.

The Governor made it very clear Monday that this is something the state and nation needs and she's willing to go to court to prove that point.

Congress and the White House are negotiating terms for reauthorizing the government S-Chip program that covers medical costs for millions of under-insured children.

The Governor says she's asked Attorney General Rob McKenna to prepare a lawsuit that may be filed if an agreement isn't reached by this weekend.

"We're on the brink of reauthorization of this program.  It will end at midnight on sunday.  It is absolutely vital to the nation's children as well as Washington state's children," Gregoire said.

The Governor says washington wouldn't have to kick kids off the list at this point, but they would have to reject about 81,000 additional children if the program isn't extended.