Senate Democrats assured of 60 votes to debate health bill
From Ed Hornick, CNN
November 21, 2009 3:02 p.m. EST
Washington (CNN) -- Senate Democrat Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas said Saturday she will support bringing the Senate health care reform bill to the floor for debate, giving Democrats the 60 votes they need to prevent a Republican filibuster.
"Although I don't agree with everything in this bill, I believe it is important to begin this debate," she said.
"This issue is very complex. There is no easy fix," she said in making her announcement on the Senate floor, just hours before Saturday night's 8 p.m. procedural vote.