US Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada (C) speaks to the press after a meeting between President Barack Obama and the Democratic Caucus to push the health care reform plan at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Obama encouraged fellow Democrats in the US Senate to overcome their divisions and pass sweeping health care reform legislation, in a rare closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill.(AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
Over the weekend the U.S. Senate held a rare weekend session on the healthcare debate and will continue straight till Christmas. Senate majority leader Harry Reid has kept the debate moving despite a multitude of republican amendments and procedural actions. It is imperative in order to get a comprehensive healthcare reform bill through the Senate the bill doesn’t get bogged down by republican procedures and toe-stomping by republicans who don’t want to see healthcare reform for millions of Americans who desperately need health coverage not an emergency room visit.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., second from right, points to a information board during a health care news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. From left are, Howard University student Zikia T. Jones-Martin; Georgeanne Koehler, from Pennsylvania; Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; Stabenow; and Consumer Union President Jim Guest.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama walks out of the Senate Democratic caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009. The Senate is meeting in a rare Sunday session to debate health care overhaul.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)