Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell once again failed to get enough support needed to advance the motion to proceed on the watered-down version of the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, The Daily Caller reports.
Arizona Sen. John McCain provided the crucial “no” vote to defeat the motion and dealt a huge blow to President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda.
With three defections from the GOP — Sens. McCain, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the proposal was blocked on a 49-51 vote.
The bill was introduced after several proposals to immediately replace Obamacare or repeal it failed amid divisions among Senate Republicans.
Some Republican senators expressed concerns that the bill would be sent directly to be voted on the House floor, which they believe would worsen the problems in ailing America’s health care industry.
With the bill’s defeat, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told his fellow lawmakers that it was time to heed Sen. McCain’s call for the upper chamber to have a more bipartisan and transparent legislative process once again.