60! Blanche Lincoln Says She’ll Support Health Care Debate

LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE
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Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) says she’s in for a health care debate, where she’ll try to make the bill more like the Finance Committee package.

“Although I do not agree with everything in this bill, I have concluded that it is more important that we begin this debate,” she said. “I will vote in support of cloture to debate this bill.”

Her decision comes as Republicans gear up to attack the vote–on the question of whether to debate the bill–as a vote for the health care bill itself.

Now all the hold outs are on the record. Nelson, Lincoln and Landrieu will all vote yes. At this point, Democrats just need to make it to 8 pm without any surprises, and then they can call it a day.

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com
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