CBS News’ Rebecca Shabad, Emily Tillett, John Nolen and Kathryn Watson have contributed to this developing story.
The Senate is set for what could be an all-day — or an all-night — battle Thursday over how to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
At 10 a.m. on Thursday, the Senate is expected to continue debating and amending the American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace the ACA, also known as Obamacare. On Wednesday, a vote to simply repeal Obamacare failed to attract enough votes, with seven Republican senators voting against the measure.
President Trump has made it clear that he believes this is Republican’s final chance to repeal and replace his predecessor’s signature legislation, as he pledged to do on the campaign trail. Mr. Trump urged senators not to leave Washington, D.C., for August recess before they do.
Wednesday: Highlights from the votes:
- The 2015 ACA repeal with two-year implementation delay does not pass as Senate Republicans fail to get a simple majority of 51 “yes” votes
- Sens. Heller, Capito, Collins, McCain, Portman, Alexander and Murkowski all deliver “no” votes to repeal plan, all 7 Senators voted “yes” back in 2015
Tuesday: Highlights from the votes:
- After 50 “no” votes on the motion to proceed to debate (including all Democrats plus two Republicans) and 50 “yes” votes from Republicans, Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie
- Sen. John McCain was welcomed back to Senate with standing ovation, votes “yes”
- Protesters yell, “Kill the bill, don’t kill us,” disrupting start of vote
- Senate GOP’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, known as BCRA, fails in procedural vote, at about 9:30 p.m.
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