December 22, 2009 / 1:14 PM / 8 years ago

U.S. healthcare bill passes second test in Senate

WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) - 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 opposition.

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

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