BREAKING: Health Care Reform To Proceed In The Senate

It looks like Senate health care reform is a go.

All 4 of the conservative holdouts have announced that they will vote to begin debate.

A few weeks ago, Sen. Lieberman indicated his willingness to filibuster the bill but said he would vote to allow debate.

Yesterday, Nebraska’s Ben Nelson said he too would vote to bring the bill up for consideration.

Earlier today, Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu agreed. And just a few moments ago, Arkansas’ Blanche Lincoln jumped onboard.

So now the Democrats have the 60 votes they need to clear the first procedural hurdle on health care reform.

Of course, they have to overcome another 60-vote hurdle in order to end debate, and then they’ll need 51 votes for passage, and then there’ the matter of the conference report…

But hey, it’s a start. And maybe when health care reform is all said and done, some intrepid Senators can get to work on loosening some of those archaic Senate rules…

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  1. euandus2 · November 22, 2009

    I read today about a Senator being willing to lose his seat to vote for the health-insurance reform. “Integrity,” you might say, or “betrayal” (of his constituents). But I think this misses the point–meaning the role of the US Senate as a check on the House (and us).
    See: http://euandus3.wordpress.com/2009/11/22/integrity-in-the-job-description-of-a-us-senator/

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