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Durbin Says Health Care Bill Can Go Forward if Dems Lose Massachusetts

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U.S. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin says Democrats could still pass health care legislation even if they lose a crucial Senate seat. Voters in Massachusetts will decide on Tuesday who will fill Ted Kennedy’s former seat. Durbin says if Senate Democrats lose their filibuster majority, they could look to the House of Representatives to approve the language from the Senate bill. But he says that could be an up-hill battle.

DURBIN: If it turns out to be the only path to health care reform, I hope we will pursue it. But it is tough because House members don’t like the Senate bill and some of my Senate members don’t like the House bill. You could imagine.

Durbin says there are other procedural ways Democrats could get around not having 60 votes in the Senate to pass the health care bill.

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