July 26, 2017

The Senate Votes to Begin Debate on Repealing Obamacare

Tuesday afternoon the Senate voted 51-50 in favor of a motion to proceed to begin debate on repealing major provisions of Obamacare. 50 Republicans voted in favor of the motion while all 50 Democrats along with Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted against.

In dramatic fashion, Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) unexpectedly returned to Washington, fresh on the heels of a surgery and cancer diagnosis. Additionally, Vice President Mike Pence was required to come to the floor to break the tie.

The Senate now will begin debate and has the chance to protect life by moving away from multiple destructive abortion provisions of Obamacare. Heavy work lies ahead, with multiple substitutes and amendments forthcoming.

There will be an initial period of 20 hours of debate, followed by an open amendment process. If this effort fails, Obamacare remains, along with its abortion-expanding provisions.

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