Washington Post 
Tuesday, Dec 22nd, 2009
The Senate cleared the second of three key procedural hurdles on President Obama’s health-care legislation early Tuesday with another party-line vote, continuing the effort to pass the bill before Christmas.
All 60 members of the Democratic caucus supported the measure to finalize amendments to the health-care package, while 39 Republicans opposed it.
A third procedural vote is expected Wednesday, with final passage of the bill likely to come late Thursday — Christmas Eve.
Although they lack any obvious way to torpedo the bill at this point, Republicans remain bitterly opposed to the legislation and have shown little indication that they are ready to relent in their increasingly negative standoff with Democrats.
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