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Reid optimistic about getting 60 votes on health bill

Washington Post, November 18, 2009

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid scrambled to lock down votes behind a healthcare bill that he may present as early as Nov. 18, the Washington Post reports. Reid would not confirm that he had received commitments from all 60 members of his caucus to overcome GOP procedural objections and bring the bill to the Senate floor, but said "I feel cautiously optimistic that we can do that. I think we're together as a caucus." He added that "Of all the bills we've seen, it'll be the best: saves more money, is more protective of Medicare, is a bill that's good for the American people," the Post reports.