First, a major DC snowstorm called into doubt whether health care reform legislation could pass the Senate by Christmas. Now, a major midwest ice storm is making it possible that the bill might pass earlier than expected.
In response to a question from TPMDC at a press conference this morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he remains hopeful that a final vote on health care might happen tomorrow
"We are focused on one thing, and one thing alone, and that is passing this bill," Reid said. "We hope to be able to debate tomorrow. Certainly with ice storms coming to the midwest, we hope that we can finish tomorrow and not have to be here [Christmas eve]."
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) confirmed to me after the event that there's an effort underway to speed the process along, so that members can get home before the midwest gets pummeled.
"I think there's some effort on that regard, but that's at a different pay grade than mine."