There was quite a bit of drama Tuesday in the Senate chamber as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held a vote on the question of whether or not to proceed with further debate on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
The vote saw the triumphant return of Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain to the Senate floor with bipartisan applause to deliver remarks and cast his vote, just days after it was announced that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer.
But the vote also nearly triggered a riot, in more ways than one, as protesters infiltrated the chamber and disrupted the proceedings with loud chants of “Kill the bill, don’t kill us!” and “Shame!” repeated ad nauseum, according to The U.K. Independent.
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It took several minutes for order to eventually be restored to the chamber of the deliberative body, all of which was captured by the ever-present eye and ear of the C-SPAN camera and microphone.
Nevertheless, the bill wasn’t killed — though they weren’t actually voting on it, simply allowing for more debate — and voted to do so by the narrowest of margins.
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