Archive for December 20th, 2009

Dear Justice Bloggers,

I would like to take this moment to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I will be spending this special time with those whom I cherish most, my family and friends.   Please don’t forget our troops and our neighbors who are homeless, hungry and elderly.  Please try to brighten this time for those who are in need.

A special thank you to those who have contributed to this blog over the past year- and of course, to our readers.

Have a Joyous Season.  Please be safe and stay warm!


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Senator Ben Nelson announced his vote for cloture on a health care bill on Saturday. - Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and CARL HULSE | New York Times | December 20, 2009

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats said Saturday that they had clinched an agreement on a far-reaching overhaul of the nation’s health care system and forged ahead with efforts to approve the legislation by Christmas over Republican opposition.

As the Senate convened in a blizzard, Democratic leaders hailed a breakthrough that came when Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, agreed to back the bill after 13 hours of negotiations on Friday, making him the pivotal 60th vote for a measure that President Obama has called his top domestic priority.

“Change is never easy, but change is what’s necessary in America,” Mr. Nelson said at a morning news conference. “And that’s why I intend to vote,” he said, “for health care reform.”

Mr. Obama, appearing on television from the White House, said: “Today is a major step forward for the American people. After nearly a century-long struggle, we are on the cusp of making health care reform a reality in the United States of America.”

The legislation, the most significant overhaul of the nation’s health care system in more than a generation, seeks to extend health benefits to more than 30 million uninsured Americans.


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