SENATE VOTES TO DEBATE ON HEALTHCARE REPEAL
Senate Republicans narrowly agreed to open debate on a bill to repeal Obamacare, but the party’s effort to roll back President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law still faces significant hurdles. The Senate deadlocked 50-50 on whether to move forward with the healthcare debate, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to cast the tie-breaking vote and send the bill to the Senate floor. The outcome was a huge relief for President Donald Trump, who had pushed his fellow Republicans hard in recent days to live up to the party’s campaign promises to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. But the narrow victory on a simple procedural matter raised questions about whether Republicans can muster the votes necessary to pass any of the repeal approaches the Senate will consider.