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Overhaul Bill Prevails in First of Three Procedural Votes

December 21, 2009 -- The Senate voted by a margin of 60 to 40 early Monday morning to shut off debate on a package of revisions negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. to the Senate Democratic health care overhaul bill (HR 3590). The Senate must approve two more cloture petitions shutting off debate on the base bill and the underlying House-passed bill serving as the vehicle for the base bill before a final vote can occur in the Senate on the overhaul proposal.

The second cloture vote is scheduled for 7 a.m. on Tuesday and a third cloture vote if the second one passes is scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. A vote on final passage of the overhaul bill would then occur Thursday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m.

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