Senate Dems reject GOP amendments 

The Senate is settling into a night of voting on GOP amendments to a bill that would make corrections to the new health care reform law.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced earlier that it could take up to nine hours of continuous votes to get through all the amendments in what the Senate refers to as a "vote-a-rama."

So far Democrats are rejecting every amendment, including Sen. Judd Gregg's provision preventing any of the money slashed from Medicare to be used to outside of Medicare and Sen. Charles Grassley's amendment requiring the president, his cabinet and congressional committee and leadership staff purchase health insurance through the new insurance exchanges. They also tabled Sen. John McCain's amendment that would have struck from the bill all of the special deals carved out for certain states including Louisiana, which is set to receive up to $300,000 in additional federal aide.

Republicans have apparently abandoned plans to offer hundreds of amendments and will allow debate on the bill to wrap up as early as tomorrow. At that time, Democrats will take a vote on the measure and will likely pass it because it is being considered under special budget reconciliation rules that only require 51 votes for passage.

Reid warned Senators not to wander far from the chamber tonight or they would miss a vote.

"Senators are advised that they should remain close to the floor during this process," Reid said. "If people aren't here at the end of the time, we're going to close it up. We need to move on."

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