WASHINGTON--At 7:15:59 a.m. eastern time on Thursday morning, on a 60-39 roll call and with Vice President Biden presiding, the Senate passed historic health care legislation in a rare Christmas Eve day session. The bill passed on party line votes; Democrats for, Republicans against.
The House earlier passed its version of the sweeping measure to cover the uninsured in the nation. Congress returns next month to negotiate a merged bill--which must return to both chambers for another vote.
The Kaiser Family Foundation side by side comparison of the House and Senate bills is here.