Healthcare

Republican Senators Vote to Proceed to Something

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

All but two Republican senators voted for today's motion to proceed to debate on repealing Obamacare, setting up a series of votes on something or other at some point this week.

Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) voted against the motion before the tie was broken.

The vote was 51-50 on Tuesday, a victory for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump. Last week, McConnell was forced to postpone the vote, lacking the support of conservatives and moderates.

Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote.

In a dramatic turn, Sen. John McCain returned from Arizona where he is battling brain cancer to cast a crucial vote on proceeding on health care.

While they have voted to proceed, neither we nor they know exactly what they're proceeding to. Seemingly every option, and no option, is on the table.

The most current information available says they will vote on several measures that are expected to fail before finally settling on something. Or nothing.

The final vote on whatever they're going to vote on could still fail, so if you haven't contacted your senators yet there's still time to do so.

  • muselet

    The notion of the US Senate as The Greatest Deliberative Body In The World must now be considered poor satire.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    Meanwhile, we all got treated to the sight of John McCain doing his best to resurrect the notion that he is the dignified statesmen from the great state Arizona MaverickMcMaverickistania.® Deeply concerned about the grand traditions of the “most deliberative body in the world” that his party’s leaders have spent nearly a decade shredding and cynically manipulating to enrich their donors.

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      McCain is still butthurt from the 2008 loss.