So sez TPM:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just triggered a sigh of relief among the hallowed population of members, staffers and reporters on Capitol Hill.
“I ask unanimous consent that all post cloture time be expired at 8 am Thursday,” Reid said.
That may sound like gobbledeegook, but in Senate-ese, it means that the final vote on health care will be held at 8 a.m. on Christmas day. You can follow all the action here at TPMDC.
I think that should read “8 a.m. on Christmas Eve,” unless they’ve got some kind of special time-space fluctuation device in the Senate chambers that we are not aware of. I’m sure someone can run with that line….
If the House and Senate can work out a version that’s acceptable to the filibuster-happy senators, this will be a big victory for President Obama. It’s already been significant, considering that he’s gotten this farther than any other president in history. It’s not what I want, but it’s better than nothing. Hopefully it will mean cheaper insurance for many of us.
Also, would you believe that disgraced President Richard Milhous Nixon can be considered the Godfather of the Democrats’ big health care legislation in 2009? Read that article, then with that in mind, ask yourself what will become of the people who were elected in the sweep of 2006. Assuming they stick around that long, ask yourself again in the year 2040. (Gah; I’ll be in my sixties then. Hope I make it that far!)
Now to reconcile with the House…