BREAKING: Obamacare Repeal Clears Key Hurdle With McCain Vote
Posted On 25 Jul 2017 /
The Senate has voted 51-50 to start debate on the two-year delayed repeal of Obamacare, with Vice President Pence casting the tie-breaking vote, his fifth so far as Vice President.
Yes, at this point we’re cheering a procedural vote, not actual passage of the bill. But considering the Obamacare repeal looked like it was on the brink of collapse, any victory is a good victory.
Senator John McCain, bearing the scars of a recent operation, made a dramatic return to the chamber to cast what became a crucial vote to start discussion on the bill.
No Democrats supported the motion, meaning Republicans had to come up with the necessary 50 votes. Senators Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, voted no from the beginning, and appear determined to defeat a repeal.
Is the Senate still fated to do nothing? Time will tell — we’ll report back with any breaking news ahead of tonight’s show.