- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Republican senator predicted Sunday that Democrats will turn to a little-used voting procedure to try get around GOP opposition and pass health care legislation.

It takes 60 votes to shut down GOP opposition and move ahead to an up-or-down vote on a bill, but there is a way for the Democratic-run Senate to decide that only a majority is needed to pass a certain measure.

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, said that taking that approach on health care would be an abuse of the rules.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said such a maneuver could be used if Republicans don’t work to advance a bipartisan health bill.

Mr. Hatch and Mr. Schumer appeared Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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