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U.S. Senate in no rush on health care

November 10, 2009

Don’t look for the U.S. Senate to quickly duplicate Saturday night’s historic House vote on health care reform.

The abortion issue held up consideration of the House bill, until Speaker Pelosi agreed to give several Democrats a chance to bring an amendment on the floor to ban federal funding of abortions.   That measure passed overwhelmingly.

Note that two Illinois Democrats, Jerry Costello and Dan Lipinski, joined the seven Illinois Republicans on the abortion amendment. 

Now it appears the abortion issue will complicate matters in the Senate. 

After a rare daylong Saturday debate the U.S. House narrowly passed the $1.3 trillion health care reform plan, 220-215, with all but one Republican opposed.

Freshman Republican Ahn “Joseph” Cao of Louisiana got a lot of ink for his sole GOP “no” vote.    Nearly 40 D’s broke ranks.

In Illinois, the vote was along party lines.

Illinois Farm Bureau President Philip Nelson wrote Congress that IFB opposes H.R. 3962 for its overall cost, its employer mandate, and for its government-funded public option.

Please take a moment to visit our legislative action center and send a brief note of thanks to Rep. Biggert, Roskam, Kirk, Johnson, Manzullo, Schock, and Shimkus for their NO votes.

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