UPDATE: By a vote of 219-212, the House passes sweeping and landmark health care reform. Thirty-four Democrats and 178 Republicans voted against it.The bill goes to President Obama to sign into law.
· The Washington Post's FAQ on health care reform: What time is the vote? What is the whip count?
· Speaker Nancy Pelosi will use the same gavel tonight used for the historic 1965 Medicare vote.
· "Obama's motorcade was delayed and as he rode up to Capitol Hill, many protesters demonstrating against the plan booed and gave him a thumbs down.
· Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver identifies the man who spat on him but will not press charges. Meanwhile, after slurs were shouted at congressmen by teabaggers, Capitol Hill Police move protesters away from the House: "By 11 a.m., a crowd of about 100 had gathered, singing patriotic songs and chanting 'kill the bill.' But when police told them they had to move back from the House steps, most moved to the front of the Capitol, with a few stragglers parking out on the grass several hundred feet away."
· Some Republicans denounced the racist and homophobic slurs hurled by teabaggers. On 'Meet the Press', House Minority Leader John Boehner called the episodes "isolated" but they " that were reprehensible and should not have happened." RNC Chairman Michael Steele referred to the protesters as “some stupid people out there saying some very stupid things.
Below: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) defends the racist and homophobic insults hurled against congressmen. RNC Chairman Steele somewhat denounces them. Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan slams the "ugly" mentality that encouraged protesters to "make slurs on a member's race or sexual orientation."
Watch the debate and vote live AFTER THE JUMP ...