Health Care Reform Bill Passes Cloture: 60-40

December 21, 2009

(ChattahBox)—-Shortly after 1:00 AM on Monday, the Senate voted on the cloture motion for the manager’s amendments to the health care reform bill, and it passed 60-40, with the full Democratic caucus of 60 Senators voting yes. Every Republican Senator voted no. This late night/early morning vote overcomes a huge hurdle for Democrats, which allowed the debate on the amendments to end. The passage of the motion moves the process forward with a final vote scheduled for Christmas Eve.

After a snowy weekend of often contentious debate between Republicans and Democrats, the actual vote was anticlimactic, but nonetheless significant. This vote shows the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) that the Senate has all 60 needed votes. And a bill should be on President Obama’s desk to sign sometime in January.

Once the bill passes through the Senate, it must be reconciled with the House bill passed on Nov. 7 with a close a 220-215 vote. Senate lawmakers have warned House members not to tamper with the Senate version of the bill too much. Sen Ben Nelson (D-NE) warned that any material change to a compromise deal reached for his vote, would result in his no vote on the final reconciled health care reform.

This sweeping and historic legislation reforming our broken health care system is on its way to becoming reality.


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