UPDATE - Senator Dodd's Statement on the vote:
Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) released the following statement today after the Senate Finance Committee approved health care reform legislation by a vote of 14 to 9. Senator Dodd led the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee earlier this summer when it approved the Affordable Health Choices Act. Now, Dodd, Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and the Obama Administration will merge the two committee’s bills into one bill.
“Today, we are another unprecedented step closer to providing every American with the quality, affordable health care.
“Senator Baucus and the members of the Finance Committee have worked tirelessly to get to this point. Now, we will work with Majority Leader Reid and the Obama Administration to merge the two bills together. Our goal is the same goal that we all set out to achieve months ago – to deliver health care reform that the American people want and need. Reform that cuts costs, protects patient choice, and guarantees access to affordable, quality care for every American.
“I'm committed to getting this done - this year."