December 20th, 2009
06:52 PM ET
3 months ago

Senate pushes to pass bill by holiday

 'I think it's time for a vote,' Sen. Durbin, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat said Sunday.
'I think it's time for a vote,' Sen. Durbin, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat said Sunday.

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats braved the aftermath of a blizzard Sunday to continue their push to pass a sweeping health care bill before Christmas.

The Senate began an all-day session, to be followed by a crucial vote scheduled for after midnight, on changes crafted by Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada to gain support for the bill from all 60 members of the Democratic caucus.

With Republicans unanimously opposed, Democrats need the support of their entire caucus to overcome a filibuster and move to a final vote on the bill later this week.

"We have had a long, arduous and I think sometimes taxing debate to reach this moment," said Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chamber's second-ranking Democrat, to open the session. "I think it's time for a vote."

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  1. Chris

    Instead of ramming through this bill so that Obama can say he reformed health care, why dont we just create a meaningless bill (and no i'm not talking about this one) that has one sentence that says 'this bill reforms health care' and let Obama sign that one into law. that way he can feed his ego and the nation wont get the shaft. then he can put that right next to his nobel peace prize on the mantle.

    whats the difference between that and what the Democrats have done with this health care bill. this thing is junk, even from a liberal's point of view. i think thats what we should do from now on with Obama. just give him what he wants; his name in lights and the promise of going down in history for doing something big, but instead of the bills being of consequence, they'll really just be show bills.

    that way obama can fiddle while the rest of us rebuild america.

    December 21, 2009 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  2. Brian

    Please stop the flashing yellow background on the broadcast. It is not needed and is very distrating. Thanks

    December 21, 2009 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
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