Looks like the Senate has a deal. And this repeated forced-reading of the bill aloud is making the GOP look pretty childish and petty.
WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats said they neared agreement Saturday on a major overhaul of the nation’s health care system, putting them within reach of approving legislation by Christmas.
As the Senate convened in a driving snowstorm, Democratic lawmakers and senior officials said a breakthrough came when Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, agreed after hours of negotiation Friday to back the legislation, making him the pivotal 60th vote.
In a sign of confidence that he had the necessary support, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, introduced his 383-page proposal in hopes of overcoming a series of procedural hurdles over the next several days. Republicans immediately forced a reading of the measure, which was expected to take at least 10 hours.