The Big Vote Underway

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10:41 PM: As of this moment, there are 206 Yes votes of the 216 needed for passage.

10:42 PM: 209 votes.

10:43 PM: Rep. Cao (R-LA) voted no. As did Rep. Altmire, who said he’d vote no but did vote for the rule.

10:44 PM: 214 votes.

10:45: 216. Reform passes. Note that officially the vote remains open for a short time longer … Note that it looks like Speaker Pelosi allowed a handful of potential yeses to vote no.

(Obama at the big moment: added 12:26 AM)

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10:47 PM: Final vote appears to be 219 for. But hasn’t been officially announced yet.

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11:02 PM: Very strong, even inspiring speech by Rep. Stupak to set aside the Republican motion to recommit. “This motion is really to politicize life, not prioritize life. We stand for the american people. We stand up for life. Vote no on this motion to recommit.”

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