Senate votes to begin ObamaCare repeal debate

Source: The Hill | July 25, 2017 | Peter Sullivan

The Senate on Tuesday voted to begin debate on ObamaCare repeal legislation, a major step towards the goal of ending the health law.

The motion was approved in a razor-thin 50-50 vote, with Vice President Pence breaking the tie.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) received thunderous applause as he entered the chamber following brain surgery to cast the 49th vote. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) then cast the 50th vote for the bill.

Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) joined Senate Democrats in voting against the measure.

Democrats withheld their no votes until all of the Republican senators had voted.

That the GOP had the votes only became clear when Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced minutes before the vote began that they would support their party on the procedural motion.

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