Grassley: Health care passage needs a super-duper majority

Seems as if Al Franken’s election wasn’t that important after all.

This just posted on The Hill, a Capitol newspaper:

The final health care reform bill to make its way out of the Senate should have as many as 80 members voting for passage, one of the lead Republican negotiators of the health package said Wednesday.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, said it’s his preference to see the vast majority of his colleagues on board with a final health care bill.

“It ought to be from 80 people in the center of the Senate, I would think,” Grassley said during a news conference with Iowa reporters.

That type of support would far exceed the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster of the bill.

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