Senate Passes Health Bill

On December 19, 2009, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), along with Senators Max Baucus (D-MT), Chris Dodd (D-CT), and Tom Harkin (D-IA), introduced the Manager’s Amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, H.R. 3590.  This amendment is a culmination of changes to the health insurance reform legislation under consideration in the U.S. Senate. 

In a procedural move, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) asked that the Manager’s Amendment be read in its entirety.  The 383 pages will take approximately eight hours for Senate clerks to read aloud.   Senators will continue debate on the health bill throughout the snowy Washington weekend.  To view the legislation, please click on the links below.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – Senate Version

Manager’s Amendment

In the early morning hours of December 21, 2009, the Senate voted 60-40 to invoke cloture on the Manager’s Amendment, meaning that debate on the measure will be limited.  The full bill passed by a vote of 60-39 in the early morning hours of December 24, 2009.