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9/11 Responders Bill Could Pass Senate Today

Keywords: cautious optimism:
Senate Democrats have scheduled a key vote Wednesday on legislation helping rescue workers who responded to the 9/11 attacks.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that the Senate will hold a cloture vote at around noon to see if the bill providing healthcare benefits to 9/11 first responders can get the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster.

If the Senate votes to end debate and no Senate Republicans throw up procedural hurdles, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Wednesday morning that the House will be waiting to approve the bill.

Hoyer said Wednesday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had told him that Reid "has an agreement" that can get the 9/11 bill through the Senate and to the House by early afternoon.
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Cartoon: John Sherffius, The Daily Camera, Boulder, Colorado