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Senate Republicans vow to delay healthcare vote

Washington Post, December 17, 2009

Senate Republicans have vowed to use every available tactic to delay voting on the healthcare bill as Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-NV) continues efforts to unify Democrats in support of the legislation, the Washington Post reports. Republicans showed they were prepared to extend the healthcare debate as long as possible, with Sen. Tom Coburn (OK) demanding that a Senate clerk read aloud a 767-page Democratic amendment. Three hours later, the amendment to create a Canadian-style single-payer system was withdrawn. But Republicans are expected to make a similar move when Reid introduces the revised Senate bill, which is likely to top 2,000 pages and which cannot be similarly withdrawn, the Post reports.