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Monday, March 22, 2010

A Divided House Passes Health Care Bill After Obama Deal Defuses Abortion Rebellion

(CNSNews.com) – A bitterly divided House of Representatives late Sunday night passed the Senate’s sweeping heath care legislation 219-212 after a day-long debate, with not a single Republican voting in favor.

Thirty-four Democrats (see list at end) voted against the bill, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi summed up as Congress “making history, making progress and restoring the American dream.”

Having struck a deal earlier in the day to head off a small but potentially decisive rebellion by Democrats over abortion funding, President Obama reportedly watched the televised vote tally at the White House with Vice President Joe Biden and several dozen others. Wire service reports said cheers erupted in the room when the “ayes” reached the 216 votes required for the bill to pass.

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