WASHINGTON Dec 22 U.S. Senate Democrats
cleared the second of three 60-vote hurdles on President Barack
Obama's healthcare overhaul on Tuesday, moving the landmark
legislation one step closer to passage by Christmas.
For the second consecutive day, Democrats mustered 60
party-line votes to cut off debate on the healthcare reform
bill and move toward final passage over unanimous Republican
The last 60-vote hurdle will come on Wednesday, with a vote
on final passage -- which requires a simple majority -- now
scheduled for late on Christmas Eve on Thursday if Republicans
use all their allotted debate time as they have vowed.
(Editing by Vicki Allen)