Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Father, Please Let This Cup Pass!

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid struggled to win over the last Democratic vote on health-overhaul legislation as uncertainty grew about whether the measure can be brought to a vote before Christmas.

After more than two weeks of debate, Mr. Reid (D., Nev.) remained a vote short of the 60 votes needed to ensure passage of the White House-backed initiative.

The focus Wednesday was on Sen. Ben Nelson, the conservative Nebraskan who stands as the only undecided member of the party's 60-member caucus, which includes two independents. Democratic leaders were confident Wednesday that Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the Connecticut independent, would support the bill after a move to drop plans to expand Medicare.

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