WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican senator predicts 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.
GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah says taking that approach on health care would be an abuse of the rules. A Democratic senator, Chuck Schumer of New York, says such a maneuver could be used if Republicans don't work to advance a bipartisan health bill.