The Hill: Cloture Vote on the Motion to Proceed Vote in the Senate a “cliffhanger”
From today’s Hill:
“A number of centrist Democrats in the Senate are turning what normally is a simple procedural vote into a cliffhanger.
“Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wants the healthcare debate to formally begin this week, before the chamber recesses for the Thanksgiving break. But the absence of both a final bill and a cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has made some centrists anxious about offering their support for an otherwise routine test vote that typically unites a majority party.”
The cloture motion on the motion to proceed is not a “simple procedural vote,” since it requires 60 votes to win, which means that every Democratic Senator, and every Independent must vote with Senator Reid.