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DCCC Launches Next Round Of SCHIP Ads

The House Democrats' campaign arm unveiled its fourth round of radio ads Monday, targeting seven Republicans for voting against legislation to expand a popular children's health care program for lower-income families.

This latest round steps up pressure on Republican House members who opposed the measure - and feeds the perception that Democrats are using the issue solely for political gain.

Republicans complained last week that Democrats were scheduling these ads, even as they complained about the GOP for failing to work with them to craft a compromise. House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel of Illinois told one of the Republican leader's aides last week that the majority intended to hang the issue around the necks of Republicans.

The most recent round of radio ads target Republican Reps. Richard Baker of Louisiana, Steve Chabot of Ohio, Kenny Hulshof of Missouri, Ric Keller of Florida, Joseph Knollenberg of Michigan, Peter J. Roskam of Illinois and John B. Shadegg of Arizona.

The ads will begin airing Tuesday and run for a week, said an aide at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.