Merry Christmas! Senate Health Care Reform Bill Passes Final Hurdle: 60-39

December 24, 2009

(ChattahBox)—-After weeks of contentious debate and flared tempers, the Senate convened on Thursday morning for a rare, early morning session on Christmas Eve day. Shortly after 7:00 AM, the Senate held the final vote for passage of the health care reform bill, after a week of procedural motions that were subjected to Republican filibusters, forcing Democrats to hold the final vote on Christmas Eve. All 60 members of the Democratic caucus voted yes, with all 39 Republicans present voting no. Republican Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky was not present for the historic vote.

The vote went along party lines, as expected, but there was one surprising moment during the voting early this morning. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), accidentaly responded “no” during the Christmas Eve voice vote. When he realized his mistake, he bowed his head down in disbelief, while the Senate chamber chuckled. Reid quickly corrected his vote to yes.

No doubt, Sen. Reid is exhausted from the long and gruelling process to pass the health care bill that has been in debate for three weeks. The arduous process required early morning and late night votes to combat Republican filibusters, in order to pass the bill before the Christmas recess.

The bill will now go back to the House, where it will be reconciled with the House’s version of health reform in committee, when Congress reconvenes in January.

During a press conference after the historic vote, Reid joked that he mistakenly voted no in the spirit of bipartisanship. Reid said that he looked forward to working with the House to merge the two bills and deliver a final piece of legislation for President Obama to sign in January.

Sens. Schumer, Dodd, Durbin and Baucus spoke briefly after Reid, invoking the spirit of former Senator Ted Kennedy and praising Harry Reid’s leadership.


2 Responses to “Merry Christmas! Senate Health Care Reform Bill Passes Final Hurdle: 60-39”

  1. VICTOR OCHOA on December 24th, 2009 9:27 am

    how will I benefit from this

  2. Tom Degan on December 25th, 2009 9:53 am

    These so-called “Christian” politicians (and one “observant” Jew) have done everything humanly possible to see to it that the lives of the American people will be held hostage by the big insurance and pharmaceutical companies forever – or until a revolution comes along. Not much is going to change in the meantime – and it will be a very mean time, I assure you. We will continue to die two years younger than they do in Europe. We will continue to have one of the highest infant mortality rates in the industrialized world. Have yourselves a merry little Christmas.

    We celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace while waging two senseless wars at such a safe distance from our shores, most of us don’t even bother to pay attention to them. We will continue to throw away our national treasure on the military industrial complex while the well being of our children is gambled away in the plutocracy’s crap game. We are a nation addicted to weapons of war. Let’s face it, that’s never going to change. If tomorrow our armaments industry ceased to be, the entire American economy would implode before sundown. So much hypocrisy. So little space. Santa Claus is coming to town.

    “Blessed are the peacemakers.
    for they shall be called sons of God.”

    Jesus of Nazareth

    Oh, and did I mention that I hate Santa Claus? I really do, you know. I say this without any fear of coal in my stocking. You see, I haven’t received a thing from the hideous old freak since 1966. That was the year I spiked his hot cocoa with a generous portion of Old Granddad. Santa, although a rather large person, doesn’t hold his alcohol too well. I found this out the hard way. After leaving our presents under the tree, he took off from the roof or our home and crashed into the Finkle house across the street. Two reindeer were killed. Horrible carnage.

    To boil it down to the unpleasant essentials, although I love the story of the nativity and the true meaning of Christmas, I’m beginning to despise the Christmas holiday – but that’s just me. This year I am afflicted with Grinch Syndrome. Or might you call it, “Scrooge Disorder”? The problem is that I am – and always have been – at heart, an angry person. I try to cover up that rage with a facade of silliness, but that’s basically who I am. As Frank Sinatra once sang in the very last recording he made for Columbia Records in 1952, “Don’t try to change me now.”

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