The Senate just voted 60 to 39 to cut off debate on the Senate health care bill, setting up a final vote for tomorrow morning at 7 a.m.
Leading up to the vote, Democrats defeated a number of Republican points of order challenging the constitutionality of elements of the health care bill such as the individual mandate as well as the “unfunded mandate” to the states in the form of expanding Medicaid by 15 million people. Sen. Jim DeMint also attempted to add an amendment that would have changed Senate rules to bar the practice of trading votes for earmarks, but it was tabled by a 53 to 46 vote.
Once the bill clears the Senate tomorrow, it will have to be reconciled with the House bill and then pass both chambers once again.
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