Saturday night set for initial health care vote

AP News
Posted: Nov 19, 2009 4:38 PM

The Senate will hold its first vote on health care legislation on Saturday night and Democrats will need 60 votes to prevail.

Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the schedule on the Senate floor, one day after unveiling a nearly $1 trillion bill to expand health coverage.

Republicans have vowed to block passage of the measure, and Democrats must put up 60 votes to clear the way for a lengthy debate next month.