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Reid fights for 60th vote on health bill

Wall Street Journal, December 17, 2009

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid struggled to win over the last Democratic vote on health reform legislation as it remained uncertain whether the measure can be brought to a vote before Christmas, the Wall Street Journal reports. After more than two weeks of debate, Reid remained a vote short of the 60 votes needed to ensure passage of the White House-backed initiative. The latest focus was on Sen. Ben Nelson, a conservative Nebraskan who stands as the only undecided member of the party's 60-member caucus, which includes two independents, the Journal reports.