How they voted: Area senators follow Dems in pushing bill forwardNorth Dakota’s and Minnesota’s U.S. senators voted with their fellow Demo-crats on Saturday night in favor of moving health care legislation forward.
By: Kristen Daum, INFORUM
North Dakota’s and Minnesota’s U.S. senators voted with their fellow Demo-crats on Saturday night in favor of moving health care legislation forward.
While supportive, North Dakota Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan and Minnesota Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar stressed the need for the bill’s improvement in the weeks ahead.
“I believe further improvements can be made to this legislation, which is why I voted to move the bill to the floor for full consideration,” Conrad said.
Franken echoed that sentiment on the Senate floor earlier Saturday.
“Make no mistake. This bill will change,” Franken said. “In the coming weeks, we’ll debate this bill, amend it and make it even better.”
Klobuchar called Saturday night’s vote a “historic step” to begin debate, adding that she wants to focus on reducing health care costs.
Dorgan said he plans to offer an amendment to reduce prescription drug costs – but added that he’s “made no decisions about the legislation itself” until the final package is presented.
Senate roll vote: health care
The 60-39 roll call Saturday by which the Senate voted to advance a measure overhauling health care to a full debate.
A “yes” vote is a vote to allow the legislation to advance for a full debate. A 60-vote majority was required for approval.
Akaka, Hawaii; Bayh, Ind.; Baucus, Mont.; Begich, Alaska; Bennet, Colo.; Bingaman, N.M.; Boxer, Calif.; Brown, Ohio; Burris, Ill.; Byrd, W.V.; Cantwell, Wash.; Cardin, Md.; Carper, Del.; Casey, Pa.; Conrad, N.D.; Dodd, Conn.; Dorgan, N.D.; Durbin, Ill.; Feingold, Wis.; Feinstein, Calif.; Franken, Minn.; Gillibrand, N.Y.; Hagan, N.C.; Harkin, Iowa; Inouye, Hawaii; Johnson, S.D.; Kaufman, Del.; Kerry, Mass.; Kirk, Mass.; Klobuchar, Minn.; Kohl, Wis.; Landrieu, La.; Lautenberg, N.J.; Leahy, Vt.; Levin, Mich.; Lincoln, Ark.; McCaskill, Mo.; Menendez, N.J.; Merkley, Ore.; Mikulski, Md.; Murray, Wash.; Nelson, Fla.; Nelson, Neb.; Pryor, Ark.; Reed, R.I.; Reid, Nev.; Rockefeller, W.V.; Schumer, N.Y.; Shaheen, N.H.; Specter, Pa.; Stabenow, Mich.; Tester, Mont.; Udall, Colo.; Udall, N.M.; Warner, Va.; Webb, Va.; Whitehouse, R.I.; Wyden, Ore.
Alexander, Tenn.; Barrasso, Wyo.; Bennett, Utah; Bond, Mo.; Brownback, Kan.; Bunning, Ky.; Burr, N.C.; Chambliss, Ga.; Coburn, Okla.; Cochran, Miss.; Collins, Maine; Corker, Tenn.; Cornyn, Texas; Crapo, Idaho; DeMint, S.C.; Ensign, Nev.; Enzi, Wyo.; Graham, S.C.; Grassley, Iowa; Gregg, N.H.; Hatch, Utah; Hutchison, Texas; Inhofe, Okla.; Isakson, Ga.; Johanns, Neb.; Kyl, Ariz.; LeMieux, Fla.; Lugar, Ind.; McCain, Ariz.; McConnell, Ky.; Murkowski, Alaska; Risch, Idaho; Roberts, Kan.; Sessions, Ala.; Shelby, Ala.; Snowe, Maine; Thune, S.D.; Vitter, La.; Wicker, Miss.
Republicans not voting: Voinovich, Ohio.
Lieberman, Conn.; Sanders, Vt.
The Associated Press contributed to this report