After a weekend of negotiations, the Senate voted in the early morning hours on Monday to advance the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The 60-40 procedural vote, which fell strictly along party lines, is seen as a major victory for Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-Nev.), who labored to convince recalcitrant democratic senators such Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), to support the sweeping reform passage. The bill now needs to pass two more procedural votes before it comes to a final vote, which is expected on Wednesday.
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