‘NOW IT FALLS ON THE UNITED STATES SENATE’…. A brief statement from President Obama from the Rose Garden today, heralding both the health care reform vote in the House and the decision of the Iraqi parliament to approve a new election law, clearing the way for national elections next year.

Specifically on health care, the president noted, “Now it falls on the United States Senate to take the baton and bring this effort to the finish line on behalf of the American people. And I’m absolutely confident that they will. I’m equally convinced that on the day that we gather here at the White House and I sign comprehensive health insurance reform legislation into law, they’ll be able to join their House colleagues and say that this was their finest moment in public service — the moment we delivered change we promised to the American people and did something to leave this country stronger than we found it.”

I’m not sure about the basis for the president’s confidence in the Senate, but it sounded nice.

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