by Ann Curry, NBC News anchor
Olympia Snowe explained her decision to be the only Republican to back the health care reform bill that passed 14-9 this afternoon in committee saying, "Is this bill all that I would want? Far from it. Is it all that it can be? No. But when history calls, history calls. And I happen to think that the consequences of inaction dictate the urgency of Congress to demonstrate its capacity to solve the monumental issues of our time."
History was written today with the vote, a major step forward in the president's goal of affordable coverage for a more Americans.
But as every other Republican on the Senate committee voted against the bill, and even Snowe herself said, "My vote today is my vote today. It doesn't forecast what my vote will be tomorrow," this monumental issue is far from solved.
Tonight we will explain exactly what kind of health care reforms are in this bill now emerging from the 2009 summer of discontent.
And among our other stories, reports on that unusually big storm on the West coast which is causing serious worries about landslides, and also the compelling story of a brave young woman credited with the arrest of an alleged rapist today. She kept the case alive for 19 years. Why? She allegedly was his victim when she was just 8 years old.
We hope you can join us tonight.