Senate to hold healthcare vote Saturday

Majority Leader Harry Reid needs to round up 60 votes in order to begin debate on his reform bill

Published November 19, 2009 8:29PM (EST)

The first of a series of important votes on Senate Democrats' healthcare reform bill is slated to take place on Saturday, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced at a press conference on Thursday.

The vote will merely open debate on the bill, and there's still a long way to go before passage. But every vote that involves moving the bill forward is being closely watched, and Republicans have put wavering Democrats on notice that they'll be portraying even a vote in favor of opening debate as one supporting the legislation.

At the press conference, Reid wouldn't say he was sure he had all of the 60 votes he'll need to prevail on Saturday. "We'll find out," he told reporters.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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