December 19, 2009
The Associated Press . Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa., checks on the snow from near the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday. Despite a blizzard-like snowstorm, the Senate was in session and reached the 60-vote threshold to ensure passage of the health care bill.
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WASHINGTON -- Democratic leaders secured the support of Sen. Ben Nelson to provide the 60th and deciding vote for sweeping health care legislation in the Senate, capping a year of struggle and a final burst of deadline bargaining on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.