McCain’s dra­matic vote

Townsville Bulletin - - WORLD -

DON­ALD Trump’s drive to abol­ish Oba­macare scraped through a key Se­nate vote Tues­day, with John McCain com­ing to the US Pres­i­dent’s res­cue in a dra­matic re­turn to Congress fol­low­ing cancer surgery.

The vote, which al­lows the Se­nate to be­gin de­bate on health care re­form leg­is­la­tion, was a vic­tory for Mr Trump, who had spent weeks ca­jol­ing, strong- arm­ing and warn­ing Repub­li­cans to get on board with his ef­fort to over­haul Oba­macare.

Mr McCain ( pic­tured), who an­nounced last week he was suf­fer­ing from brain cancer, cast a crit­i­cal vote for the mea­sure, leav­ing sen­a­tors evenly split and forc­ing Vice- Presi- dent Mike Pence to break the tie for a 51- 50 fi­nal count.

All 48 Democrats and in­de­pen­dents voted against, along with Repub­li­cans Su­san Collins and Lisa Murkowski.

Mr McCain re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion from his col­leagues as he en­tered the cham­ber, hav­ing made the trip from his home state of Ari­zona, where he was con­va­lesc­ing.

While he called for greater bi­par­ti­san co- op­er­a­tion in Congress, Mr McCain di­rectly de­nounced the closed- door process that has marked the health care re­form ef­fort.

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