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Surrounded by Democratic House members, (L-R) House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) applaud as U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (C) stands up after she signed the Senate Health Reform bill March 22, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The House has passed the Senate version of the legislation the night before by a vote of 219 to 212. U.S. President Barack Obama intends to sign the measure on Tuesday. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)
~House Democratic leaders have signed the massive health care overhaul bill, a formality before the bill is signed by President Barack Obama.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the committee chairmen signed the bill Monday, an official act before Obama’s signature makes it the law of the land. The House voted for the measure 219-212 late Sunday night.
Pelosi said Sunday night the House made history and added: “It’s on a par with passing Social Security and Medicare.”
The congressional signing is a common step in the process, but with this uncommon bill, the leaders invited the media to watch.
The president planned to sign the measure on Tuesday.