Senate inching closer to reform passage
By Ben Pershing
It's all over but the shouting in the Senate, where Democrats are in the midst of clearing another procedural hurdle en route to final passage of a health-care bill.
The chamber will vote on another procedural motion Wednesday and then take a last tally on Christmas Eve, unless Republicans answer the silent prayers of poor little aides and reporters across the land and consent to an earlier vote. "Lacking the votes to block the bill, Republicans heaped scorn on the many concessions made to wavering Democrats in the quest to advance the package," the Washington Post writes, as the GOP attacked both those who received special treats in the bill (Chris Dodd) and those who didn't (Blanche Lincoln). Dana Milbank runs through the latest monikers for all the various sweeteners that were inluded in the bill, adding "Gator Aid" and "Handout Montana" to the legislative lexicon. Michael Steele was especially descriptive in his criticism, saying Congress was "flipping a bird to the American people." (Odds are someone is out there right now using Photoshop to illustrate Steele's comment.) The Las Vegas Sun says Harry Reid "has never been known as an inspiring public speaker. What Reid has always excelled at is cutting the deal. And the deal he struck on health care will be one for the history books."
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December 22, 2009; 8:31 AM ET
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