A message from the House to the Senate
And while the Senate still has a last round of improvements to make on this historic legislation -- and these are improvements I’m confident they will make swiftly -- (applause) -- the bill I’m signing will set in motion reforms that generations of Americans have fought for, and marched for, and hungered to see. President Obama
You see that "(applause)" up there? President Obama got one of the biggest applause lines of his East Room address this morning with this rhetorical nudge of the Senate to move quickly to approve the "fixes" to the health-care bill, which became law at 11:56am. That's because the House looks upon the Senate as a legislative slacker.
The sustained applause highlights the fact that the relationship between the House and the Senate is -- shall we say -- tense. House members cast tough votes on bills that hurt them back home, only to watch the measures go to the Senate to die. Sure, things are bit more dicey in the Senate, especially now that the Democrats are 1 vote shy of a 60-vote supermajority they need to get anything done. And the Republicans have made it clear that they will try to block the road to passage with any and all procedural hurdles they can muster. But Obama called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) "[o]ne of the best majority leaders the Senate has ever had." Time for Reid to prove it.
| March 23, 2010; 1:47 PM ET
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