NJ lawmakers help pass historic health care bill

Congress has passed historic legislation extending health care benefits to millions of uninsured Americans and issuing sweeping reforms of the health care industry.

The bill, approved late Sunday night, was unanimously opposed by House Republicans.

Lawmakers representing New Jersey voted mostly along party lines. Seven votes were recorded in favor of the bill including, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), who chairs the subcommittee that wrote the framework of the bill. U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-N.J.) was the only Democrat who voted against the bill. Adler said he was concerned with the costs associated with the bill. Adler's vote was one of six recorded against the bill from the Garden State.

The passing of the bill signaled the end of a yearlong debate between Republicans and Democrats on the issue. President Obama said the bill is "a victory for the American people" and "a victory for common sense."

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