President Barack Obama hails US Senate healthcare vote
Healthcare reform is President Obama's main domestic priority
US President Barack Obama has hailed the Senate's healthcare vote as a "big victory for the American people".
Senators voted in the early hours of Monday to end debate on a compromise bill, putting the legislation on course to face a final vote on Christmas Eve.
President Obama has set health reform as a key plank of his first term.
The legislation, which aims to cover 31 million uninsured Americans, could lead to the biggest change in US healthcare in decades, if approved.
"The United States Senate knocked down a filibuster aimed at blocking a final vote on healthcare reform and scored a big victory for the American people," Mr Obama said.
SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL: NEXT STEPS
Tuesday 22 December: vote to approve compromise proposal that would expand coverage to 94% of Americans and reduce the federal deficit by $130bn over 10 years (needs simple majority of 51)
Tuesday 22 December: procedural vote on substitute agreement - a constitutional oddity, aimed at overcoming a rule that prevents the Senate from passing its own revenue-raising measures (60 votes needed)
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