Democrats hailed the compromise as a major step forward while Republicans denounced it as a government takeover of health care, and both parties spent much of the day speaking more to their bases than anyone else.
Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) sought to ease the concerns of liberals, saying the legislation is not the end of health care reform, its the beginning of health care reform.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed to continue to stall the bill and called it an absolute outrage thats being perpetrated on the American people.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.