WASHINGTON, D.C. — Late Monday afternoon, reports from the nation's capital began swirling that Senator John McCain was seeking a doctor's approval to return to the floor of the U.S. Senate and vote to repeal Obamacare.
Shortly after 1 p.m., the senator walked down the center aisle to a standing ovation, cast his vote that split the floor and watched as Vice-President Mike Pence voted to break the tie. The Associated Press first broke the news at 2:10 p.m.
"With Pence breaking tie, Senate votes to begin debating Republican bill scuttling Obama health law in win for Trump, GOP," the AP tweeted.
Ennis resident and U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (Rep-TX) issued a statement shortly after, voicing his praise for the efforts of those in the Senate who have worked to potentially repeal Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Healthcare Act.
“The facts here are simple: Americans have suffered long enough under the Affordable Care Act," Barton stated. "The Senate took an important step forward by allowing debate on the repeal and replace of Obamacare. The Senate must continue to show progress and get this bill to President Trump. I thank Senators Cornyn and Cruz for supporting the measure.”
Previously, Barton applauded the efforts of the U.S. House of Representatives, which passed the American Health Care Act on May 4 to repeal and replace Obamacare. He called the passage a "substantial step forward" after he "made a promise to Texans" to work "tirelessly to repeal and replace Obamacare."
“Obamacare has failed to provide better coverage at lower costs through government mandates," stated Barton in a May 4 press release. "Americans are capable and, when given the necessary facts and options, they will find the best fit for themselves and their families. There is still work to be done and I will work with my colleagues in the Senate to get this bill to the President’s desk.”
The Senate will now discuss the proposed American Health Care Act before voting whether or not to send it, or a version of it, to the desk of President Donald Trump.