Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Health Care Bill, Senate Advances Democrats Aim for Swift Passage

www.foxnews.com - The Senate health care reform bill cleared a pair of hurdles Tuesday, putting Democrats halfway through a series of key votes and another big step closer to passing the bill by Christmas Eve.

The Senate voted 60-39 to shut down debate on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's original health care proposal, showing once again that Democrats have the minimum number of votes necessary to move the bill over GOP opposition. The chamber voted earlier Tuesday morning to approve a measure known as the "manager's amendment," which included all the latest changes to the overall health care bill. That measure needed a simple, 51-vote majority to pass.

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