Led by the dramatic and emotional return of Senator Ted Kennedy, the Senate overwhelmingly passed the House-passed Medicare bill by the score – er, um count of 69-30.
The Senate vote – like the House’s passage – is strong enough to override President Bush’s promised veto.
AARP CEO Bill Novelli issued a statement praising the bipartisan support that passed this bill in both chambers of Congress. Bill noted that “[this vote] shows what can happen when leaders in Washington break through partisan gridlock.”
Make no mistake about it – this vote also shows what can happen when people at the grassroots get involved.
The fact is that today’s Senate vote was a mulligan. Two weeks ago, the same legislative body came up one vote short on the same bill. So what changed the math? You did – and I think Senator Kennedy would agree.
Since the start of the Keep Medicare Fair campaign, AARP volunteers have called, emailed or signed petitions to their Senate offices more than 780,000 times. And when the Senate left Washington last week after failing to pass the bill the first time around – you made sure to share your thoughts in person with them at July 4th parades and community events.
Like the roar of the crowd when Senator Kennedy walked onto the Senate floor, the Senate heard you loud and clear.
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