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November 10th, 2009 2:33 pm
Reid: Senate Health Care Debate to Begin As Early As Next Week

With pressure coming from the White House and not to be outdone by Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated earlier today that the Senate could begin debate on his health care “reform” bill as early as next week.  Reid believes a final vote on the legislation could happen by Christmas.

That’s an ambitious schedule considering that Reid’s bill hasn’t even been presented to his Senate colleagues yet, much less to the American people.   The Majority Leader has been waiting for the Congressional Budget Office to finish its cost estimates on various versions of his “reform” proposal prior to deciding what the final product will look like and releasing it for review.

Moreover, Reid has his hands full trying to find the 60 votes necessary to proceed to a vote on health care “reform” in the Senate as liberals and so-called moderates in his caucus are divided on issues such as taxpayer funding for abortion and a government-run “public option.”


The Hill reports:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) late Tuesday laid the groundwork for the Senate’s healthcare reform debate to start next Tuesday.

Reid filed a motion to introduce the bill on Monday, Nov. 16. Anticipating a Republican objection, the bill would be pushed onto the Senate calendar.

“A motion to proceed to the bill would be in order the next legislative day,” said Reid spokesman Jim Manley.

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