BREAKING: Baucus Bill PASSES Committee 14-9 GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe Supports Bill…

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WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe says she will vote for a Democratic health care bill, breaking with her party on President Barack Obama’s top legislative priority.

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The Senate Finance Cmte. is now meeting for a final vote on its $829B health care bill. Though Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) is considered a swing vote, most members of the Cmte. are likely to vote along party lines. Before voting, each member is commenting on the legislation.
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WASHINGTON – A Senate committee moved Tuesday toward a pivotal vote on a sweeping health care bill that fulfills President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority. “It’s time to get the job done,” Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus declared as he convened his panel for the long-anticipated action. — Read more here: ‘Time to get the job done’ on health care

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7 responses to “BREAKING: Baucus Bill PASSES Committee 14-9 GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe Supports Bill…

  1. audiegrl

    Congratulations Senator Snowe! I wish that we could send you a box of Krispy Kreme’s.

    Seriously, well done Madam! 🙂

  2. ogenec

    Well done — let’s keep it going. If both the House and Senate can act like adults, we can pass a good bill. Fingers crosssed.

    • agreed, today was a very good step forward. I’m hoping Snowe’s vote will give cover for other Republicans to follow suit.

      • ogenec

        Chris Cilliza makes the same point for moderate Dems like Nelson and Blanche Lincoln. The political reality is that folks like these will need cover from Republicans. So this is a good development. But no cause to celebrate — gotta keep this thing moving.

  3. thelcster

    good job sen. snowe! do what you think is right rather than what you are being pressured to do

  4. 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/

  5. audiegrl

    Maybe his constituents want real health care reform. 🙂

    In 2006, there were more than 2,709,000 people between the ages of 25 and 64 living in Colorado. Of those, 18.8 percent were uninsured. Uninsured Coloradans are sicker and die sooner than their insured counterparts.

    But I’ll let him speak for himself…

    Other news from Senator Bennet on this subject can be found here

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