The Senate voted Tuesday to begin debate on a health care bill, acceding to President Trump’s demands and opening the door to Republican plans to repeal Obamacare on a partisan basis after a series of false starts.
GOP leaders swept aside opposition from every Democrat and two Republicans in a gripping, 50-to-50 vote to take up a House bill that passed in May. Vice President Mike Pence broke the stalemate from the chair, allowing the chamber to proceed to a free-wheeling debate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rallied Republicans to the cause, saying they must fulfill their electoral mandate after upset victories in November handed them the keys to Congress and the White House
“The American people elected a House with a vision of a better way on health care, then a Senate, then a president. Now, we have a duty to act,” he said.
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