Senate Moves Up Final Vote to 8am Thursday Reid, McConnell move to get people home for Xmas Eve By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Dec 22, 2009 3:27 PM CST 16 comments Comments Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pauses during a health care news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Newser) – It looks like senators and their staffs will be home for Christmas Eve after all. The final vote on health care legislation has been moved up to 8am Thursday, reports the LA Times. Harry Reid and GOP leader Mitch McConnell announced the move today after a set of procedural votes cleared the Senate with the necessary 60 votes. Republicans could have delayed Thursday's action until 9pm, but McConnell chose not to do so, notes the Post.