Final Vote

Senate Passes Health Care

Senate Democrats are passed their health-care bill 60-39 this morning—just in time to start Christmas break. GOP senators attempted to require Democrats to name all items in the bill that benefit specific states, institutions, or organizations, and presented a constitutional point of order, but both motions were blocked by the Democratic majority. Unsurprisingly, the Republicans were not pleased with the expected Democratic win—Senator Orrin Hatch called the bill a "grab bag of backroom Chicago-style buyoffs"—but the Democrats didn't seem to mind. "We stand a few short steps from the most significant finish line we've had in Congress for many decades," said Harry Reid.