Hugs, Congratulations and ‘Almost’ Mormon Boozing After Health Care Vote

December 21, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Shortly before 1:30 AM on Monday, 60 Senators making up the Democratic caucus, 58 Democrats and two Independents, engaged in an historic roll call procedural vote, to close debate on a package of amendments to the health care reform bill. The successful passage of the cloture motion, means that Democrats have the party unity they were lacking in the days leading up to the vote. And more importantly, the vote ensured that the Democrats would avoid a Republican filibuster, which would have stopped health reform in its tracks.

When all 60 votes were recorded to pass the motion, the strict decorum of the Senate chamber precluded Joe Wilson-like shouts of victory, but as soon as the Senators left the chamber there were plenty of hugs and congratulations. And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) a strict Mormon, was so happy and relieved that he “almost” let loose, breaking out a dusty bottle of peppermint schnapps and dancing a Riverdance type jig with Sen. Max Baucus(D-MT). OK, well not really, but he was probably thinking about it, maybe.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had the best lines last night. Soon after all 60 votes were cast he said, “The die is cast. It’s done.” When the clerk read the final vote, many Democratic members quietly raised their fists and Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE), Roland Burris (D-IL) and Ted Kaufman (D-DE), were seen holding hands, like they were all on a date at the movies, they were so ecstatic.

Sen. Ted Kennedy’s widow Vicki, waited for the vote results in the reception chamber, joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Vicki Kennedy hugged Sens. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and John Kerry (D-MA). And when Schumer arrived he quipped, “Harry’s going to almost have a drink,” referring to Sen. Harry Reid.

Sens Nelson (D-NE) and Lieberman (I-CT), voting yes, only after threats and negotiated concessions, were on hand to throw a little cold water on the celebration. They both issued warnings to the House not to change the Senate’s version of the health care bill in any material way, or they would vote against the final bill.

The health care bill needs to advance though three more procedural motions in the Senate this week, before going to the floor for a final vote on Christmas Eve. From there, the bill needs to be reconciled with the House version in committee.

if all goes according to plan, President Obama could have a completed bill on his desk to sign, sometime in January.

Source: Talking Points Memo


Comments

3 Responses to “Hugs, Congratulations and ‘Almost’ Mormon Boozing After Health Care Vote”

  1. Dane on December 21st, 2009 9:25 pm

    Should Senator Reid sue your writer for defamation of character? It would be most appropriate. Grow up.

    HEADLINE: Hugs, Congratulations and ‘Almost’ Mormon Boozing After Health Care Vote


    And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) a strict Mormon, was so happy and relieved that he “almost” let loose, breaking out a dusty bottle of peppermint schnapps and dancing a Riverdance type jig with Sen. Max Baucus(D-MT).

    OK, well not really, but he was probably thinking about it, maybe.

  2. Char on December 22nd, 2009 5:17 pm

    Reid supposrts abortion. Therefore, he’s NOT a strict Mormon.

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