The end is near. The Senate has scheduled a vote on final passage of its healthcare overhaul bill for around 8 a.m. on Thursday, Christmas Eve.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada announced the agreement on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon, after working out the details with his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
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Since the Democrats lined up the 60 votes needed prevail in the Senate, they have been shutting down Republican opposition to their 10-year, nearly $1 trillion bill to expand coverage and try to slow increasing medical costs.
Passage would set the stage for negotiations to resolve differences with the House-passed bill.
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