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Dems Secure 60 Votes To Start Debate on Health Care

November 21, 2009 - by David Moore

The NYTimes reports: Senate Democrats said they had clinched the votes needed on Saturday to propel major health care legislation to the floor for weeks of full debate, as the majority party’s two last holdouts said that they would not block consideration of President Obama’s top domestic initiative.

Breaking news coverage: The Hill, WaPo, WSJ… more to come.

Brian Beutler is in the Capitol live-blogging the proceedings for TPM-DC: “Lincoln Voting For Debate, Still Opposes Public Option”. (That would be Sen. Blanche Lincoln [D-AR].)

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  • LucasFoxx 11/21/2009 10:00am

    Note that Blanche Lincoln said she will have more opportunities to vote against cloture before the debate is over.

  • iinez 11/21/2009 2:12pm
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    From: Butterfield,RN.BSN

    I support the Health Care Reform with the Public option.
    It has been long over due. I encourage all of the Die Hearts Democrat to stick together and pass the bill
    The Entire Nation is watching all of you. If you willing to give up your seat to the Rep. I say Do nothing.
    The Rep. do not care about all of those people without Health Care a true /proud Democrat will vote with the President.
    DDO THE RIGHT < VOTE YES all 60 DM We all counting on you. YES YES=60 Votes

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    VMW753 11/22/2009 2:44pm
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    I say NO! NO! NO! to government run healthcare!!!!!! The “Die Hard Dems” you refer too LOVE to spend the taxpayers money. I suggest you read between the lines what this proposed government healthcare system really means. It is NOT a good thing for the American people.

  • craines 11/21/2009 3:51pm
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    Way to go Mr Ried, You have my vote.

  • WeimMom 11/22/2009 1:15am
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    Just as Stephen King’s “The Stand” was a battle between good and evil,
    Americans are coming and will be making “Our Stand” in 2010!

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