Washington (CNN) - The vote for the 9/11 first responders health bill which passed in the house was 206-60.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, gaveled it – this was her last time presiding over the House as Speaker.
The bill now moves to President Obama's desk for his signature.
Even though the vote was kept open for over an hour (it was a 15 minute vote), a large number of House Members- over 160- did not vote.
But there was a quorum – a simple majority of 435 House Members present – to vote on the bill. Half of the House Republicans skipped the vote and nearly 80 House Democrats missed it.
This was the last House vote of the day and the year. The House is adjourning until January 5th, when new Congress gets sworn in and incoming Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, takes the gavel from Nancy Pelosi.
I'm glad to see this passed. It's of course the right thing to do and I'm glad the Republicans held their ground to insure that it was done correctly. That is, that it is paid for. As a taxpayer those little details are important to see.
But even more exciting is the new House. I look forward to the good things John Boehner and the Republican House of Representatives will do for our country over the next 2 years. Fortunately the unemployed now have a House of Congress that will help get them back to work rather than stringing them out on endless government benefits.
– this was her last time presiding over the House as Speaker.
Now that is something to make every Conservatives Holiday full of cheer! I still do not understand why first responders think that they should be entitled to anything more than what our servicemen receive upon their return from a combat tour. What a crock of spend, spend and spend!
Thank-you Jon Stewart for shaming the repubs into doing the right thing.
Pelosi graveled it for the last time–thank you for it being the last time. When are the democrats going to wake up and realize this woman is one of the biggest reasons they lost so many seats in this past election. I'm sure some liberals will be on here telling me I don't have a clue; they need to go look in a mirror and see who doesn't have a clue.
Good. Republicans were wrong on this. I was there. I saw how horrible it was, and I saw how hard people worked. There were no democrats, republicans, liberals or conservatives at The Pile once rescue and recovery started. Just people risking their lives to save others. This is the least that can be done for them.
Who now has more journalistic credibility than CNN, MSNBC, FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC and all the print media combined.
CNN – You dropped the ball and Stewart slammed in your face.
This happened, but only after the republican party was shamed into voting for a scaled down version of the bill. When will the voting public wake-up to the fact that the republican party is for the wealthy, and corporations. If you volunteer, or give of yourself through public service, then be prepared to fend for yourself. You know, rugged individualism. But if you are a person of wealth all you have to do is ask, and the GOP (Grand Oil Party), will knock down all walls to get you whatever you need. This becomes more and more apparent,every day of the week, and after the first of the year, lookout.
I'm betting that the "over 160" House member who didn't vote are mostly Republican ... don't want to have that pesky vote on their record ...
Yet another Union bail out by the American taxpayers! Are you telling me that these Union folks didn't have medical care? Furthermore, aren't their employers the city and state of New York so why is the Federal government being presented with this bill?
Finally the repulsive republicans got off their behinds and broke party ranks to pass legislation to help America and Americans. I hate republicans!
Well everybody....that's the last we will see for the working person for awhile....now all we will see is bills for corporations and the insurance industry-2 years was not enough to undo what we have endured!
Well... gee... That wasn't so hard, was it? To do something to move the country forward? Take care of those who risk their lives for others? Sounds like a decent thing to do. Why was there ANY objection?
I don' t know why the GOP would have opposed this in the first place. These are the people that supported us and search for the dying and the dead after a great tragedy.
And yet another accomplishment by President Obama and his administration!!!
Keep counting FOLKS because at the end of the year CNN, MSNBC and maybe even FOX NEWS (maybe NOT) will do a RECAP on the first two years of our "historical" president and all of the NON-believers, Haters (maybe not the HATERS because they will still HATE) and all of those who NEVER gave up on HOPE and CHANGE from our leader will see!!
So what – Let the next two years be all about the RepubliCAN'Ts as they move towards NOT COMPROMISING!!! They will stand out like SORE THUMBS and it will so obvious that the true obstructionists are the RepubliCAN’Ts… Then there is 2012… Watch and Observe!!!!!
Please support our current leader, President Obama, as he continues to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD!!!
It took over a year, while the Republicans played games. First they had to make sure the millionaires and billionaires had their extra special tax cuts. Holding hostage unemployed Americans. Holding hostage the 911 first responders. The Start Treaty. I've lost track of all they held hostage. But Americans put them back in power again in the House because they were mad that the Democrats didn't make their lives better instantly. And they think the Republicans will? Who do you think was holding us back from making things better, with their obstructionism, especially in the Senate where it's easier to do? Hello – is there anyone out there paying attention to what's been going on? This would be funny if it weren't so sad. It would be funny if the Republicans weren't actually trying to destroy this country just to win elections. And then we turn around and reward them. Who was it in the Nixon administration that warned this country was going to move real far to the right. You know who that kind of move helps – businesses, rich CEOs, Wall Street Bankers. You know who loses if these guys win – US.