October 22, 2009

MASTER OF THE SENATE MINORITY:

Senate Hands Reid a Defeat on ‘Doc Fix’ (John Stanton, 10/21/09, Roll Call)

The Senate soundly defeated a $250 billion extension to the Medicare physician payment program Wednesday, marking a potentially inauspicious start for Democratic leaders to the formal floor debate on the larger health care overhaul.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — normally a master vote-counter — was unable to muster even a simple majority for the “doc fix” bill: The legislation was defeated, 47 to 53. A clearly nervous Reid paced the chamber’s well just prior to the vote and afterward looked to blame the defeat on GOP Senators, arguing it was a result of “activities and actions by the Republican-dominated Washington.”


Posted by Orrin Judd at October 22, 2009 2:22 PM
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