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Historic health care bill clears Senate hurdle (60-39 vote to advance bill)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/21/09 | David Espo - ap

Posted on 11/21/2009 5:56:28 PM PST by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON – Invoking the memory of Edward M. Kennedy, Democrats united Saturday night to push historic health care legislation past a key Senate hurdle over the opposition of Republicans eager to inflict a punishing defeat on President Barack Obama. There was not a vote to spare.

The 60-39 vote cleared the way for a bruising, full-scale debate beginning after Thanksgiving on the legislation, which is designed to extend coverage to roughly 31 million who lack it, crack down on insurance company practices that deny or dilute benefits and curtail the growth of spending on medical care nationally.

The spectator galleries were full for the unusual Saturday night showdown, and applause broke out briefly when the vote was announced. In a measure of the significance of the moment, senators sat quietly in their seats, standing only when they were called upon to vote.

In the final minutes of a daylong session, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., accused Republicans of trying to stifle a historic debate the nation needed.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; healthcare; hillarycare; historic; hurdle; obamacare; romney; romneycare; romneydeathpanels; romneyrules; senate
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1 posted on 11/21/2009 5:56:29 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Historic only in the sense of its advancement of socialism.


2 posted on 11/21/2009 5:58:08 PM PST by Terpfen (FR is being Alinskied. Remember, you only take flak when you're over the target.)
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another saturday night melodrama

courtesy of the dems

they want debate?

lol


3 posted on 11/21/2009 5:58:08 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: NormsRevenge
Invoking the memory of Edward M. Kennedy

So I guess they were all drunk when they voted.

4 posted on 11/21/2009 5:59:16 PM PST by GnL
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To: NormsRevenge

God help Us.


5 posted on 11/21/2009 5:59:45 PM PST by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: NormsRevenge

Senator Voinovich, Republican from Ohio, didn’t vote.


6 posted on 11/21/2009 6:00:01 PM PST by Dementio
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US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks to senators who will appear on the Sunday morning talk shows in his Senate office in Washington, DC. The US Senate, torn along party lines, voted to formally launch debate on historic legislation to enact President Barack Obama's signature drive to remake US health care, handing him a win for now. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)


7 posted on 11/21/2009 6:00:11 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: NormsRevenge

Kudos to the state-run media. This couldn’t have been a more fictitous partisan piece of crap reporting if it had come out of Hussein’s own mouth.


8 posted on 11/21/2009 6:00:26 PM PST by Kenny
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To: NormsRevenge

Invoking the memory of Mary Jo Kopechne, they should have rejected it.


9 posted on 11/21/2009 6:00:48 PM PST by Rosemont
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To: NormsRevenge

Let’s pray a few decent Democrats see what is happening...government expansion into health decisions, and work with us to dilute this thing.


10 posted on 11/21/2009 6:00:52 PM PST by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is..." - Milton)
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To: GnL
Invoking the memory of Edward M. Kennedy

Most of the time Ted's memory wasn't very good.

11 posted on 11/21/2009 6:00:54 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: Terpfen
Gee, I wonder why his numbers are tanking?

How much will it cost him to get a bill before Christmas?

Landrieu was cheap. ;-)

U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, November 9, 2009. 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, Gallup said. REUTERS/Jim Young/Files


12 posted on 11/21/2009 6:02:29 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: Terpfen

Bastards all!


13 posted on 11/21/2009 6:02:38 PM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: NormsRevenge

if opposition means I’m a racist, I’m proud to be a RACIST!


14 posted on 11/21/2009 6:02:38 PM PST by Third Person ("Fear is the mind killer." -Frank Herbert)
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To: Terpfen

The Democrats are seriously disconnected from reality. Seriously. To pass things like the health bill, immigration amnesty, and cap and trade during the best of times would be extremely foolish. To pass this during a recession is suicidal.

Private health insurance will not be able to compete with a federal government that can consistently undercut them on premiums and ask taxpayers to pick up the difference.

Oh well, American prosperity was nice while it lasted.


15 posted on 11/21/2009 6:02:41 PM PST by CitizenUSA
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To: Dementio
Senator Voinovich, Republican from Ohio, didn’t vote.

All wee-weed up and dithering, eh, George? Or was he all weep-weeped up and couldn't find a hanky?

16 posted on 11/21/2009 6:02:54 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: GnL
So I guess they were all drunk when they voted.

Saturday night, this late, more like passed out

17 posted on 11/21/2009 6:03:29 PM PST by OBXWanderer
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To: NormsRevenge

Of course...Ded Kennedy D-(HELL) was smiling up at them from his new abode...


18 posted on 11/21/2009 6:03:36 PM PST by jessduntno ("Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: NormsRevenge

Healthcare Reform couldn’t have saved Mary Jo Kopechne.


19 posted on 11/21/2009 6:03:59 PM PST by festusbanjo (Barry makes Jimmy look qualified and makes Slick Willie look honest.)
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To: GnL
So I guess they were all drunk when they voted.

They are always drunk, and they're probably going to Chappaquiddick for the after-party

20 posted on 11/21/2009 6:04:25 PM PST by UAConservative (1,155 Days to Change We Can Believe in--January 20, 2013)
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To: Right Wing Assault

While these Democrats love Ted Kennedy and his memory (did you all see Nancy Pelosi’s eyes tearing up during Obama’s speech to Congress on healthcare, mentioning Teddy), Ted Kennedy and the Kennedys ARE NOT BELOVED IN MIDDLE AMERICA. Ted may be a saint to the liberals, but invoking his memory WILL BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE in trying to persuade most Americans about this legislation.


21 posted on 11/21/2009 6:04:44 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: NormsRevenge

HA! Is that Mark Twain behind him? Does Reid know what he wrote about Congress?


22 posted on 11/21/2009 6:06:05 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: CitizenUSA
Oh well, American prosperity was nice while it lasted.

It sure was. I feel bad for my adult children and grandkids. They are facing a tough future.

23 posted on 11/21/2009 6:06:36 PM PST by nascarnation
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To: NormsRevenge

His wedding ring is almost off.Divorce?No makeup?Merry Christ Mass Obama.


24 posted on 11/21/2009 6:09:57 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: NormsRevenge

So Dimocraps Landrieu and Lincoln have revealed themselves to be the political whores most knew they were. At least Landrieu held out for a 100 million dollar Saturday night “special”.
In spite of all the “circus” we now will get taxpayer funded abortions and government control of 1/6 of our economy.
Get ready for Cap and Tax.


25 posted on 11/21/2009 6:10:42 PM PST by Dapper 26
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To: Dementio

why didn’t he vote ?


26 posted on 11/21/2009 6:13:59 PM PST by ncalburt (San Fran Nan , Your Harvey Milk was gunned down by a fellow Dem-RAT)
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To: NormsRevenge

See tagline.


27 posted on 11/21/2009 6:14:08 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (America, 1776 - 2009. R.I.P.)
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To: NormsRevenge

If Byrd gets to vote from the Mountain State, why aren’t all the senators voting from their home states? Might save us a lot of money if they didn’t have to travel to and live in D.C.


28 posted on 11/21/2009 6:16:39 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Uncle Miltie

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine...)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eyFiClAzq8


29 posted on 11/21/2009 6:16:39 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: NormsRevenge

In related news, we’re screwed.


30 posted on 11/21/2009 6:17:59 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: NormsRevenge; Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; ...

The list, ping


31 posted on 11/21/2009 6:18:02 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: NormsRevenge
Please DO NOT FALL for a David Espo Propaganda piece !
David Espo is a DNC mouthpiece.

Reid and the Obama state media hyped this vote because they needed a PR victory for this awful bill.

The fact this vote was this close should tell everyone how awful the bill is !
This vote to proceed to debate is usually a no brain-er not a nasty fight .
Th real fight in the floor debate so get ready top fight like HELL for the next three to four weeks !
Lieberman plans to filibuster any bill with a public option so its going to get real ugly.

32 posted on 11/21/2009 6:19:09 PM PST by ncalburt (San Fran Nan , Your Harvey Milk was gunned down by a fellow Dem-RAT)
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To: NormsRevenge

I don’t think obama cares about his ratings OR a second term. He is there to force through as much of his socialist agenda as quickly as he can. He also couldn’t care less what anyone thinks, as long as he can undermine the free market system and put Americans under government control.


33 posted on 11/21/2009 6:19:48 PM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: Dapper 26

They are all whores,the only question was the price.
The majority of Americans dont want this crap, and yet the left still shoves it down or throats. And they wonder why there is a anti government feeling in the land.


34 posted on 11/21/2009 6:20:26 PM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"What's wrong with spreading the wealth around?"



35 posted on 11/21/2009 6:21:21 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Terpfen

A few of these legislations and we’ll finally get to see how our government can make trains run on time.


36 posted on 11/21/2009 6:21:31 PM PST by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: NormsRevenge

LIstening to that live version, and hearing the Mark Levin Show replay in the background, is a particularly accurate soundtrack to our lives right now.

http://radiotime.com/channel/c_57917/Conservative.aspx#available


37 posted on 11/21/2009 6:21:36 PM PST by Canedawg (Bring lawyers, guns and money.)
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To: Northern Yankee

You took the words right out of my mouth.


38 posted on 11/21/2009 6:22:06 PM PST by lysie (A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.T.Paine)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Imagine if, instead of debating whether to abolish slavery, instead of debating...those who disagreed had muted discussion and killed any vote," he said.

Aside from the absurd comparison, the man obviously knows nothing about how long and thoroughly the slavery discussion was muted and any abolitionist-leaning votes killed.

39 posted on 11/21/2009 6:22:42 PM PST by americanophile (Sarcasm: satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language.)
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To: NormsRevenge

A bad day. This bill must be stopped in the end.


40 posted on 11/21/2009 6:23:13 PM PST by americanophile (Sarcasm: satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language.)
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To: Terpfen

Treason.


41 posted on 11/21/2009 6:23:21 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: NormsRevenge

I would have thought a few Dems wouldn’t have voted yes tonight. Guuess I was wrong.

We have to hope there are enough to vote the right way when the debate is over.

But we also have the possibility of Screed using the executive priviledge and forcing it through.....


42 posted on 11/21/2009 6:24:55 PM PST by cleveland gop
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To: ncalburt

Yup,, Pay no attention to Amalgamated Propaganda..
&
Here’s to.. The uglier the better.. ;-)

It’ll make for a lot of good clips&quips for the next couple elction cycles.


43 posted on 11/21/2009 6:27:31 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: Dementio
Senator Voinovich, Republican from Ohio, didn’t vote.

Now there's a profile in courage. LOL! Ohio, the "We're voting "present"" State?

44 posted on 11/21/2009 6:28:14 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government -- Thomas Payne)
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To: NormsRevenge
Grouped By Vote Position
YEAs ---60
Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burris (D-IL)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaufman (D-DE)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kirk (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Specter (D-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)
NAYs ---39
Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)
Not Voting - 1
Voinovich (R-OH)

45 posted on 11/21/2009 6:30:25 PM PST by deport
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To: cleveland gop
Sorry, this bill will pass the Senate. It doe not matter if some Dems vote no, Reid and the White house have bribed enough Dems to secure that it passes. The next big battle will be for enough votes after the conference between the two houses of Congress come to a compromise. But that, too, will pass. The Dems have plenty of money to bribe the holdouts with. Anti-abortion Dems do not exist when there is enough money to bribe you.

The Pubs ought to just go home and let the Dems have complete control of Congress. What a worthless damn party!!!!!!

46 posted on 11/21/2009 6:33:19 PM PST by rawhide
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Bring Back Al Capone!!

Sure he would have stolen 10 billion, but Obama has stolen 40 billion and trashed us here and abroad to boot!


47 posted on 11/21/2009 6:34:56 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: Dapper 26
Lieberman could have stopped this...But didn’t
48 posted on 11/21/2009 6:35:11 PM PST by carjic (Laid off since Dec 08...HELP!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Lieberman voted yea. Thanks for nothing, Joe. You’re still a ‘rat after all these years.


49 posted on 11/21/2009 6:35:14 PM PST by Ticonderoga34 (Free Obama's Birth Certificate!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Screw the AP cheerleading crap.

If the desm had to battle to get the piece of crap to the floor for a vote then its going to be bloody.

Not even the amnesty bill had this much trouble getting to the floor.


50 posted on 11/21/2009 6:37:48 PM PST by ncalburt (San Fran Nan , Your Harvey Milk was gunned down by a fellow Dem-RAT)
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