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Senate Healthcare Bill

December 19, 2009, 5:58 AM
“After marathon talks, the Obama administration and Democratic leaders appeared near agreement with Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson late Friday night to provide the crucial 60th vote needed for Senate passage of health care legislation. Majority Leader Harry Reid intends to unveil a final package of changes in the long-debated legislation on Saturday ‘and is confident that it will prevail,’ his spokesman, Jim Manley, said in a late-night statement. Nelson, the Senate's most conservative Democrat, has been seeking fresh concessions to restrict access to abortion coverage in the legislation, as well as more money for his home state of Nebraska and other changes. He told reporters ‘real progress’ had been made, but he offered no details and said nothing final had emerged from the talks.”
 

Senate Healthcare Bill

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