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UPDATE: House passes health care companion bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Democratic-controlled House voted 220-207 Thursday night in favor of the "fixes" to the health care reform law President Barack Obama signed on Tuesday. The changes include better benefits for seniors and low-income and middle-class families.

The Senate voted 56-43 for the measure in the afternoon, and the House finished hours later.

Republicans vowed to repeal the law in the fall election season.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the bill making changes in President Barack Obama's newly enacted health care overhaul will have to go back to the House for final congressional approval, something top Democrats were trying to avoid.

Spokesman Jim Manley said Republicans consulting with the Senate parliamentarian had found "two minor provisions" that violate budget rules. The two provisions, dealing with Pell grants for low-income college students, will have to be removed from the bill.

Once those provisions are deleted and the Senate passes the measure, the House will have to approve the legislation before sending it to Obama for his signature. Manley said he was confident the House would do so with no problems.

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