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Upcoming Senate healthcare votes

Floor debate opened this week on the proposed healthcare overhaul. Here's a look at the votes Senate Democrats would have to win before a bill goes to President Obama.

December 02, 2009

Senate Democrats will have to win several procedural votes if they are to send President Obama a healthcare bill.

AMENDMENTS

Lawmakers from both parties are allowed to offer amendments to the healthcare bill.

When expected: Now through Christmas or beyond.

Votes required: Subject to negotiation, with 60 likely for more contentious amendments.

CLOTURE TO END DEBATE ON THE BILL

Required to end a Republican filibuster and move to a vote on the bill.

When expected: Just before Christmas, though possibly later.

Votes required: 60

ADOPTION OF THE BILL

Would send the Senate bill to a conference committee, where it would be reconciled with the House healthcare bill that passed two weeks ago.

When expected: Just before Christmas, though possibly later.

Votes required: 51

CLOTURE TO END DEBATE ON CONFERENCE REPORT

Would end GOP filibuster of the conference report that combines the House and Senate healthcare bills.

When expected: Sometime in January.

Votes required: 60

FINAL PASSAGE

Assuming House approval, would send the legislation to President Obama for his signature.

When expected: Sometime in January.

Votes required: 51

Source: Times research

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