Voting Underway

December 20, 2009 8:12 p.m.

1:10 AM: Voting on the first of three cloture votes over coming days just got underway.

1:13 AM: Lieberman, Aye, Lincoln, Aye

1:14 AM: Nelson of Nebraska, Aye

1:15 AM: Snowe, No

1:18 AM: Dems succeed on first of three cloture votes: 60-40.

For reasons tied to the murky parliamentary logic of the senate, this is the first of six votes. But the tick tock over from now to Thursday are basically just what the maximum delay Republicans can force under senate rules. That was the sixty votes the Dems needed. Let’s be clear: this makes passage of the senate bill all but certain.

TPM’s Brian Beutler is at the Capitol as I write getting comment from senators on the historic vote. We’ll have more shortly.

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