Breaking news: Health care bill reaches 60 votes

November 21st, 2009 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives 4 Responses

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Judas got 30 Silver dollars and he lives very well at the White House and in Congress. Democrat Politicians regarding Cloture on this Corrupt Health Care Bill creates nauseum among American citizens !! We Won’t Forget! – jules44

Health care bill reaches 60 votes

Democratic leaders have reached the 60-vote threshold needed to begin debate on the health-care overhaul.

This afternoon, Sen. Blanche Lincoln announced she would vote to begin consideration of the bill on the Senate floor.

Because of long-standing Senate rules, it is necessary to reach 60 votes in order to overcome the threat of a filibuster by the minority. Democrats have 60 votes, but some conservative members of the caucus had remained on the fence .

Lincoln, who is up for reelection in 2010, was the last Democratic hold-out. Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska announced he would support cloture on Friday, while Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana gave her support Saturday morning.

The vote is scheduled for 8 p.m. but could stretch until later tonight because of parliamentary maneuvers.

The bill is not in the clear yet, however. Democratic leaders still need 60 votes to end debate and a simple majority to pass the bill.

Update: The motion to begin debate on the bill passed on a party-line vote, 60-39.

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  3. Joanne Giff says:

    When will the legal challenge to this ‘bill’ begin?

    • Jason says:

      Joanne we think this will be a tall order to actually pass the senate. There is a commercial running to call a group of senators with 1 phone number. We are going to try and record it and put it on the website.