Republican Senator Olympia Snowe says she will vote for a Democratic health care bill. Snowe is breaking with her party on President Barack Obama’s top legislative priority.
Today’s vote from the Senate Finance Committee is expected to send a health care reform plan to the Senate floor, where a tough fight still lies ahead.
Here are the latest headlines from across the country:
Key Republican Will Back Senate Finance Bill
As the Senate Finance Committee held final discussions on a health-overhaul bill ahead of a planned afternoon vote, a key Republican said she will support the measure.
Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, who had been seen as the most likely Republican to support the measure, said she will support the current bill. "Is this bill all that I would want?" she asked the panel. "Is it all that it can be? No. But when history calls, history calls."
Clinching her vote is a huge victory for Democrats, who spent months trying to win bipartisan support for the bill. She is the only Republican on the panel who has signaled support for the bill. Republicans are expected to portray that as token support that doesn't go far enough to make the health overhaul truly bipartisan.
Read more on the Wall Street Journal
Snowe says she’ll back the Baucus health bill
A Republican senator says she will vote for a Democratic health care bill, breaking with her party on President Barack Obama's top legislative item.
Sen. Olympia Snowe kept virtually all of Washington guessing how she would vote until she announced it late in the Senate Finance Committee debate Tuesday. Until then, she told reporters, she had not even let Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, in on her secret.
She told her colleagues: "When history calls, history calls" even though she had some criticism of the bill.
Read more on MSNBC
Snowe Announces Support for Health Care Bill Ahead of Key Vote
Sen. Olympia Snowe announced Tuesday that she will vote for health care reform legislation before the Senate Finance Committee, becoming the only Republican to back the bill and virtually assuring passage.
Snowe's support was the most sought-after Republican vote by Democrats for months. The Maine Republican could be the only member of her party to vote for health care reform, though she cautioned Tuesday that support for the committee bill does not guarantee support for a final product.
Read more on Fox News
Key Republican Backs Senate Bill on Health Care Overhaul
Senator Olympia J. Snowe, Republican of Maine, said Tuesday that she would support the Democrats’ landmark health care legislation.
“Is this bill all that I want? Far from it,” Ms. Snowe declared. “Is it all that it can be? Far from it. But when history calls, history calls.”
Read more on the New York Times
Max’s Budget-Gimmick Magic
The Senate Finance Committee will perpetrate a huge fraud on the US public today. ChairmanMax Baucus promises to hold a final vote on his health-care overhaul -- most of whose costs he has hidden with budgetary gimmicks.
The widely reported numbers are wrong: This bill would increase the deficit and cost more than $2 trillion over 10 years.
Yes, the headlines on the Congressional Budget Office's preliminary cost estimate were that the bill could cost $829 billion over 10 years and trim the federal deficit by $81 billion. But those numbers are pure fantasy -- as CBO plainly, if gently, indicated.
First off, Baucus relies on some cuts that we know won't actually get made
Read more on the New York Post
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