Pence breaks tie, Senate votes to proceed with healthcare debate

With Vice President Mike Pence acting as a tiebreaker, the Senate will proceed to debate the American Health Care Act after a 50 to 50 vote Tuesday, according to The New York Times.

In cases where Senate votes are tied with 50 votes on either side, the vice president acts as the tiebreaker. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, were the only two Republicans to vote against the motion. Its passage was aided by the return of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who voted in favor.

While efforts stalled last week to craft a bill that could bridge the gap between conservative and moderate Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., hopes an open amendment process will allow his party to cultivate consensus support and pass the current bill.

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