SENATE DEMOCRATS BEAT GOP FILIBUSTER: 60-39
The Senate voted on party lines Saturday night to overcome a Republican filibuster and bring to the floor a bill that would overhaul the nation’s health-care system.
After days of indecision, the two final Democratic holdouts — Sens. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.) and Mary Landrieu (La.) — voted with the rest of the 60 members of their caucus to support a procedural motion to begin debate. Though strictly parliamentary, the vote marks a milestone in the quest for health-care reform reignited by President Obama’s election.
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Rivalry weekend kicks off today around the country. There’s the PAC-10 clash between Bay Area rivals Cal at Stanford. The Big Ten Battle between Ohio State and Michigan at the Big House in Ann Arbor — and the traditional Ivy League rivalry of the Harvard-Yale game. But none of them will quite compare with a rare Senate floor Cloture Vote.
Crucial vote to advance Senate healthcare bill seems assured
The last of three Democrats whose support was needed to allow debate on the bill after Thanksgiving says she’ll vote to move the measure along. Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln said she will vote today to bring her party’s healthcare bill to the floor.
President Obama’s job approval rating has dropped below 50 percent in a second major poll in an indication he is suffering from the long healthcare debate and weakness in the economy.
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