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60 Dems in the Senate for Healthcare?

September 22, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The Massachusetts Senate has approved their bill to allowed Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint an interim senator to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat until the state holds an election in January. The legislation has to jump through a few more procedural hoops, but it’s now essentially on track towards giving Senate Democrats a 60-vote supermajority for when health care legislation comes to the floor.

On the other hand, the 91-year old Democratic Senator Robert Byrd [WV] was rushed to the hospital today after falling in his home. It’s looking increasingly likely that Byrd’s health will not allow his to participate in the health care debate and vote, which would mean that the Democrats would be effectively back down to 59.

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fightinbluhen51 09/23/2009 9:54am

Typical. And if they don’t have 60 votes, that’ll try to push that garbage through with reconciliation.

Anonymous 10/02/2009 4:34pm

umm, whats so typical about it…. i thought you guys like it when people you dont like get sick.

oooooooohhhh, now i get it.

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