Yesterday, Arizona Senator John McCain returned to the Senate floor to cast his vote to open debate on the Republican health care bill. He was greeted with applause and a hero’s welcome from both sides of the aisle.
After delivering what was the pivotal vote to allow debate to go forward, McCain made a speech decrying the lack of legislative accomplishments for the current Congress and issued an impassioned plea for Democrats and Republicans to work together.
“Why don’t we try the old way of legislating in the Senate?” he asked.
He went on to criticize Republican leaders for “coming up with a proposal behind closed doors in consultation with the administration, then springing it on skeptical members, trying to convince them that it was better than nothing.”
McCain went on to say, “I voted for the motion to proceed to allow debate to continue. I will not vote for this bill as it is today. It’s a shell of a bill right now.”
Last night, the first vote took place. It was on the repeal and replace bill that didn’t make it last week. Soaring rhetoric and pretty words aside, when it came time for a vote on repeal and replace, McCain voted yes. Fortunately, the procedural vote on the BCRA failed 43-57. Nine Republican Senators joined Democrats: Collins, Graham, Paul, Corker, Heller, Moran, Murkowski, Cotton and Lee.
A vote for repeal only is scheduled for today.
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