Senate Ends Debate on Health-Care Bill With a 60–40 Vote

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The Senate just voted 60–40 to end the debate on the Democrats' health-care bill, setting the stage for a straight up-or-down vote later this week. Cloture passed with all Senate Democrats and the two Independents voting yes and all of the Senate Republicans voting no. Now that Democrats know they have 60 votes, the bill's passage is pretty much a forgone conclusion and it should happen by Christmas Eve.

Health Bill Passes Key Test in the Senate With 60 Votes [NYT]