“The ayes are 49, the nays are 51, the motion is not agreed to,” said presiding officer Senator David Perdue.
Senate Republicans failing to pass the healthcare bill at nearly 2 a.m. Friday morning (July 28), effectively ending the GOP’s seven year quest to can the Affordable Care Act.
Every senate Democrat voted against the bill, and three ‘no’s from the Republican side were enough to sink it.
They came from senators Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, and recently-returned John McCain.
All of them crossing party lines to kill a so-called ‘skinny repeal,’ a slim, eight-page measure aimed at triggering discussion on replacing Obamacare.
“So yes this is a disappointment. A disappointment indeed,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
It’s a stinging loss for Trump, who hasn’t been able to land a major legislative win in his first six months in office.
The president took to twitter soon after the vote, saying “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode.”