Senate Dems tweet triumphant messages after health bill passes

Two Senate Democrats on Thursday took to Twitter after the upper chamber approved the $871 billion healthcare reform overhaul.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) chimed in on the microblogging service, tweeting triumphant messages. 

Reid tweeted:

The Senate just passed health insurance reform. No other Congress has come so close. Quality, affordable care is on the way for U.S. and NV.

Specter, who switched parties earlier this year, tweeted Thursday morning:

"With the passion of Ted Kennedy on our hearts." Aye.

History made this morning. We've taken a big step toward quality and affordable health care for all Americans.

Reid also invoked the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), a long-time proponents of healthcare reform, in his final floor remarks before the vote.

One of Kennedy's oldest friends, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) while voting yes said "Mr. President, this is for my friend Ted Kennedy, aye."





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