Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) cast the dramatic and decisive “no” vote early Friday, July 28 that upended the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The Senate endeavored late into the previous night to craft and then vote on a so-called “skinny repeal” of the health law, but came up empty as the bill was defeated in a 51-49 vote that prompted gasps in the chamber. McCain’s vote was unexpected and ends — for now — the Republican party’s effort to repeal Obamacare.
Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) cast the two other Republican “no” votes in a cliffhanger drama that ended just before 2 a.m. Friday.
Shortly after the defeat, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) took to the floor and said, "it's time to move on," and called for the Senate to move on to its next agenda item.
We will keep you informed as this evolving landscape takes shape so you are prepared for what may lie ahead.