House Passes Sen. Health Reform Bill With 219 Dem Votes
March 21, 2010
(ChattahBox)—After hours of contentious debate in a rare Sunday session of the House of Representatives, the Senate version of the healthcare reform bill, was finally passed in a recorded vote with a tally of 219 Democrats voting yes and 210 Republicans voting no. Two Republican members didn’t vote and 34 Democrats voted against the bill.
This vote is a huge hurdle for Democrats and President Obama’s agenda to reform the nation’s broken healthcare system.
The final two votes in tonight’s session, are the Republicans’ motion to recommit on the abortion issue, which has just failed and the reconciliation vote, which is the package of fixes to the bill that will be enacted in the Senate.
The Senate health reform bill will be signed into law by President Obama either tonight or tomorrow, and the fixes are expected to be taken up by the Senate on Tuesday.
(Update: Final tally 219-212