The Democratic National Committee took to Twitter on Tuesday to congratulate the Senate Finance Committee on advancing its version of healthcare legislation.
The bill represents a large step forward for the bill in the Senate, but did not include a public health insurance option favored by liberal Democrats.
The DNC tweeted:
Congrats and thanks to the Sen Finance Cmte for making it five-for-five committees for health reform. Let's get it done. #hc09
After the panel passed the bill 14-9, the committee issued a statement calling the vote a "big step forward towards the enactment of comprehensive health insurance reform."
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) was the only Republican to vote for the bill. Snowe was widely praised by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the White House for her support.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), however, vowed to stand in the way of the bill, saying it would never reach the Senate floor in its current form after it is merged with the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee's proposal by Reid.