Now if he can only figure out how to wrap it…

Washington (CNN) — Senate Democrats braved the aftermath of a blizzard Sunday to continue their push to pass a sweeping health care bill before Christmas.


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The Senate began an all-day session to be followed by a crucial vote scheduled for after midnight on changes crafted by Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada to gain support for the bill from all 60 members of the Democratic caucus.

With Republicans unanimously opposed, Democrats need the support of their entire caucus to overcome a filibuster and move to a final vote on the bill later this week.

“We have had a long, arduous and I think sometimes taxing debate to reach this moment,” said Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chamber’s second-ranking Democrat, to open the session. “I think it’s time for a vote.”

A key hurdle was cleared Saturday when the last Democratic holdout, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, agreed to support the bill in return for compromise language on federal funding for abortion and more money for his state.

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The House of Representatives already has passed its health care bill, and if the Senate also passes legislation, the two versions would be merged by a conference committee.

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Obama had wanted to sign the bill by the end of year, but his senior adviser, David Axelrod, acknowledged Sunday that wouldn’t happen.

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Both Axelrod and Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday the Senate bill lacks some provisions the Obama administration wanted, but that it would bring much-needed health care reforms.

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Republicans, however, accused the Senate’s Democratic majority of working secretly to force through a poorly conceived bill that required special deals with recalcitrant caucus members.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the wheeling and dealing “personifies the worst” in how Washington operates, while Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, lamented the rushed voting schedule.

“If you want to go home for Christmas, you’ve got to go through these series of votes and vote for it,” Kyl said on ABC’s “This Week.”

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13 responses to “Now if he can only figure out how to wrap it…

  1. Hello Nonnie !! 🙂

    I love that we got two crying baby gifs 😀 😀

    Hope you are feeling better.

    • hi mighty mikk0mouse! 😀
      i can now stand and walk without feeling dizzy! 🙂 throat is still unbelievable sore, but i think i’m getting used to it. 😛 and i managed to stay awake all day today!

  2. writechic

    Boo-hoo is right. I guess we’ll see now if they can actually make it worse in conference.

  3. Did you read that there is a tax on tanning salons in the bill just passed? Yep, the “Boehner Tax!” LOL!

  4. Wait a minute…there is “wheeling and dealing” in Washington? I find this very hard to believe.

  5. Wrapping the bill should be no problem for Reid. I suggest he roll the whole thing into a tight cylinder, stick it up his ass and put a bow on it.

    • i don’t blame harry reid for the crappy bill. i blame obama. he’s the one who dismissed the public option as no big deal early in the process. i think harry reid has the worst job in d.c.

  6. KarenZipdrive

    Harry Reid had to realize at some point that Obama lacked the balls to get this done, so he should have grown a pair himself and done whatever he had to do.
    So let me amend my earlier suggestion:
    I suggest he roll the whole thing into a tight cylinder, stick it up his ass and put a bow on it.
    I suggest Reid roll the whole thing into a tight cylinder, stick it up Obama’s ass, then stick Obama AND the bill up his ass and put a bow on it.

    • as long as we don’t have public financing of campaigns, and as long as we have elected officials who are more concerned about keeping their cushy jobs rather than doing what’s best for the american people, any bill that needs 60 votes to pass is going to be a watered-down piece of crap. in this case, obama gave away so much at the very beginning that the bill was waterlogged before they watered it down even more.

  7. Senators Feingold and Kohl need to inform the citizens of Wisconsin that we got more federal money than Louisiana and Nebraska. At least Senator Durbin has terrorists coming to Illinois in a boondoggle prison that has been waiting for badguys to justify the white elephant expense of Chicago political mob money.