We’re certain it’s unprecedented, at least for a very long time.
Vice President Pence cast his vote yesterday to break the 50-50 tie in the Senate after two liberal Republicans defected to the Democrats.
Pence’s vote, along with John McCain’s after returning from the hospital, gave the go-ahead for the Obamacare repeal bill to move to debate on the Senate floor.
Though it’s still far from guaranteed, it’s at least a critical step forward in breaking the log-jam that has kept the Trump agenda on ice for the last six months.
If the bill actually manages to pass, it’ll have a much easier time in the House.
This week could be crucial.
Here’s more from Fox News…
Senate Republicans on Tuesday resuscitated their health care legislation for now, narrowly clearing it past a key test vote with the help of Sen. John McCain’s dramatic return to the chamber for the first time since his brain cancer diagnosis.
The Senate voted 51-50 to start debate, with Vice President Pence casting the tie-breaker. The procedural vote once again brings the ObamaCare overhaul legislation back from the brink of collapse, after intense prodding from President Trump who had pressured senators to skip recess until they act on health care.
The bill still faces a tough road ahead. But it was a heavy lift just to get to this point.
No Democrats supported the motion, leaving Republicans to corral the necessary 50 votes. They got exactly that, requiring Pence to break the tie.
The airtight vote made McCain’s return all the more significant, as the measure could not have advanced without him.
The result was kept in suspense for a while. Sens. Susan Collins, of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, voted no from the start. Several other Republican senators then delayed casting their vote, with no wiggle room left for additional defections on the GOP side.
Applause then broke out as McCain entered the chamber, pointing at his colleagues and shaking hands. As he joined, the last GOP holdout, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., voted with the Arizona senator to start debate.