With a 50-50 vote in the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to begin the debate on healthcare. But more spectacular was Senator John McCain’s impassioned speech on the Senate floor afterward.
Greeted to the chamber with thunderous applause, Senator John McCain cast a YES vote to allow debate to go forward on healthcare. He then stood up and spoke directly to his colleagues. He praised the history of our Senate and the institution of governance but expressed his recent disappointment with the partisanship that has kept the body paralyzed for the last six months.
Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio and television and the internet. To Hell with them. They don’t want anything done for the public good. Our incapacity is their livelihood. Let’s Trust each other. Let’s return to regular order. We’ve been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle. That’s an approach that has been employed by both sides, mandating legislation from the top down without any support from the other side, with all the parliamentary maneuvers that requires. We’re getting nothing done, my friends, we are getting nothing done. And all we’ve really done this year has been confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Our healthcare insurance system is a mess.”
He went on to explain his vote, today: “I voted for the motion to proceed to allow debate to continue and amendments to be offered. I will. not. vote. for. this. bill. as. it. is. today.”
Watch his entire speech here: