Senators voted 70-29 to end debate on the compromise Medicare reform bill, killing a filibuster attempt led by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) A second procedural vote was expected later in the day. It also would require supporters to amass 60 votes to advance the bill to final passage. Over the weekend, the House approved the bill 220-215, largely along party lines. The bill, which would add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare, is expected to pass the Senate and be signed by President Bush. -- by Tony Fong
Filibuster fails; Medicare bill closer to passage
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