The United States Capitol building is seen as legislators move into a weekend of crucial health care deliberations in Washington
Jim Bourg  /  REUTERS
The United States Capitol building is seen as legislators move into a weekend of crucial health care deliberations in Washington March 19, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
updated 3/21/2010 6:38:07 PM ET 2010-03-21T22:38:07

A sweeping healthcare overhaul cleared its first hurdle in the House of Representatives on Sunday when Democrats approved a rule setting the terms of the debate.

The procedural vote was a critical test of support for legislation to overhaul the $2.5 trillion healthcare system, which is President Barack Obama's top domestic priority. A vote on the legislation itself could come later on Sunday.

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