The Federal government in Washington will shut down on Monday due to the global-warming induced snowstorm, but unfortunately that didn’t stop the Senate from moving forward with a huge snow-job of their own:

Members of the U.S. Senate voted at 1 a.m. Monday morning to end the health care debate and move to a final decision on the legislation by Christmas Eve. The cloture motion was approved 60 to 40 on a party-line vote.

The early-morning procedural vote was a crucial hurdle for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who needed 60 votes to end a Republican filibuster and schedule a final vote on the bill.

Final vote is expected on Christmas eve — but that will be delayed if some Democrats are smart enough to know that all they have to do is begin to waver a little and Harry Reid will bribe them and their districts with more of our money. Why should Ben Nelson get all the graft? If there’s a delay in final Senate passage, it will be because the sharks are fighting over the chum, not because a Dem is actually considering voting no.

But there’s a better than average chance we’ll all wake up on Christmas morning a few trillion dollars more in debt — which somehow saves a lot of money.

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