"Senate Democrats won a milestone victory early Monday in the health-care debate, approving a procedural motion to move the reform legislation to final passage later this week, and without a single vote to spare," the Washington Post reports.
"The 60-40 tally, taken shortly after 1 a.m., followed 12 hours of acrimonious debate and required senators to trek to the Capitol in the aftermath of a snowstorm."
Roll Call notes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) "goal of clearing the bill before Christmas and Republican hopes of derailing passage have combined to force three cloture votes, including late-night and early-morning roll calls, because of Senate rules mandating 30 hours of sequential debate time prior to each cloture vote. At present, the third cloture vote, on the underlying bill, will likely occur Wednesday afternoon, with the vote on final passage set for Christmas Eve night."
Marc Ambinder: "Let it be said, at 1:15 a.m. ET, that Democratic Party discipline held,
that Republicans failed to kill health care reform, that the President
now has a strong chance to sign into law an historic, expensive and
far-reaching health care reform legislation before his first official
State of the Union address in a month from now. The bruising year-long battle has left the Democratic party divided,
has expended virtually all of the president's political capital, and
ithe legislation's fidelity to the goals sketched by candidate Obama
are questionable. "
Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You
Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political
management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from
both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public
policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country,
including the Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco
Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Christian Science
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
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-- Chuck Todd, NBC News political director
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-- Larry Sabato, Center for Politics, University of Virginia
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-- Dotty Lynch, CBS News political consultant
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-- Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post
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-- Glenn Reynolds, founder of Instapundit
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