Thursday, March 25, 2010

Final HealthCare Measures/'Fixes' Pass in Both The House And Senate

Obama signed the original, and now 'fixes' are on their way to his desk after passing both the Senate and the House today; again without any Republican support. In the process, the Democrats did vote down the amendment put forth by the Republicans "No Erectile Dysfunction Drugs To Sex Offenders". In the end that was not enough to prevent the bill from heading back to the House after the parliamentarian ruled against them on two issues. Ultimately it did not matter as it passed in the House with slightly more votes then the original bill.

"The House of Representatives passed a slightly altered health care "fixes" bill Thursday night, completing legislative action on President Obama's top domestic priority.

The so-called "fixes" bill, approved by a 220-207 vote, now goes to Obama to be signed into law. It makes changes in the broader health care reform measure that Obama enacted Tuesday.

Approval by both the House and Senate on Thursday concluded a tortuous legislative struggle for the health care reform legislation, which received no Republican support in any of the major votes in either chamber dating back to last year.

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