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Senate Democrats facing numerous votes on the path to healthcare reform

November 21, 2009

The long road ahead

Today's procedural vote is only the first of many that Senate Democrats will have to win in coming months if they are to send President Obama a healthcare bill.

CLOTURE ON MOTION TO PROCEED

Required to end a Republican filibuster and begin debate on the healthcare legislation

When expected: Today

Votes required: 60

AMENDMENTS

Once debate begins, lawmakers from both parties will be allowed to offer amendments

When expected: Starting Nov. 30 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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