From NBC's Betsy Cline
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi emerged from the last Democratic caucus meeting this afternoon wielding a sledgehammer-sized gavel. She promised to use it tonight when the House votes on health care.
"It was used in the enactment of the Medicare law," Pelosi told reporters, "I will use it this evening when we cast a very successful for this important legislation."
The gavel was lent to her by Rep. John Dingell (D), who used the same gavel when the House voted on Medicare in 1965.