The Senate has now twice voted for cloture on health care reform; a third cloture vote comes this afternoon. If Tom Coburn’s prayers are answered and Robert Byrd is too sick to vote, the Republicans might still be able to stop the bill from passing. But assuming that doesn’t happen, final passage (final, that is, until the votes on the conference committee report) is assured, since it requires only 50 votes plus the Vice President.
So here’s the question for Senate Republicans: once defeat is certain, are they going to insist on ruining Christmas Eve for the Senate staff with thirty more hours of meaningless debate, or are they going to let the final vote happen so people can go home?
My bet is that the temper tantrum continues. But I’d love to be proven wrong.
Update No, I wasn’t wrong. Vitter objected to moving it the vote to 6pm, and again objected to moving it to quarter past midnight. Maybe he had a heavy date for this evening.