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(NECN: Washington, D.C.) - If health care reform legislation passes through the U.S. House of Representatives on Sunday, it will due so with the same gavel used to enact Medicare legislation in 1965.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had the gavel in hand Sunday afternoon before members of the House Democratic caucus walked to the Capitol -- locked in her other arm was Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who had been harassed by protesters on Saturday.
As the Democrats emerged from their final caucus meeting before Sunday's expected vote, protested chanted the speaker's name and shouted "kill the bill."
The gavel was lent to her by Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), whose father used the gavel to enact Medicare legislation in 1965.
Video courtesy of ABC NewsOne. Material from The Associated Press used in this report.