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Debate Begins On Senate Healthcare Bill

50-50 tie broken by Vice president Mike Pence

WASHINGTON, D.C -- A vote to start debate on the GOP Senate Healthcare Bill has moved through thanks to a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence.

The tie-breaker came after two Republican defections and all 48 Democrats voting in the negative including Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly. Republican Todd Young voted yes for debate.

Young is not saying if he supports the bill, mostly because he does not know which version of it will be brought to the Senate floor.

Donnelly says he'll introduce an amendment to preserve increased Medicaid funding for states. 

Young and Donnelly both say they want to work with senators of the opposite party to improve the system. But Young adds majority Republicans will take action on their own if need be.

Arizona Republican John McCain came back to the Capitol to cast a yes vote, despite being diagnosed with a brain tumor last week.  The House narrowly passed a repeal-and-replace bill in May. 

(PHOTO: WIBC Stock Library) 

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