The Senate Finance Committee voted 14-9 today to approve the Democratic sponsored healthcare plan. The bill, which will cost an estimated $829 billion, seeks to provide insurance to 29 million uninsured Americans. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine was the lone Republican to vote in favor of the plan, Chicago Tribune.
Israeli President Shimon Peres has warned that Hezbollah has turned Lebanon into a “powder keg.” His accusation comes after an explosion at the home of a member of Hezbollah. One person was wounded in the explosion, but the UN is investigating whether the home was being used to store weapons. In 2006, a 34-day conflict between the two countries left 1,200 Lebanese dead, mostly citizens, as well as 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers, BBC News.
The UN says they have only raised a quarter of the donations needed to aid typhoon and landslide victims in the Philippines. The group had appealed for $74 million, but have so far raised only $19 million. At least 650 people were killed last week during the storms. The UN also stated that there is a risk of disease because of the large amounts of standing water still in damaged areas, BBC News.