A motion on a healthcare amendment that would have repealed and replaced portions of Obamacare failed Tuesday in the Senate.
The motion was on the Better Care Reconciliation Act amendment, and was shot down after 57 senators voted against a procedural move regarding whether it complies with the Budget Act. Had they voted differently, the amendment would only have required 50 votes for passage, but the latest move effectively kills the amendment.
In coming days the Senate is debating and voting on other amendments for a healthcare bill advanced by Republicans. Because they are using a measure known as reconciliation, most amendments will require only 50 votes for passage. This particular amendment, however, needs the traditional 60 votes because portions of it have not been scored by the Congressional Budget Office.
The bill was expected to fail because several Republicans have come out publicly against it, and because it did not have any Democratic support. Republicans hold only two additional seats in the Senate, making a 60-vote goal unlikely.
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