On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted to proceed with debate on their plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Making that already egregious act even worse is that the GOP doesn’t even have a real plan as of yet, having instead opted to hold that vote with no clear public idea of what it is that the Senate will now be deliberating over.
Even still, the GOP has released a few different versions of a health care plan, since they’ve faced a hard time getting anything off the ground in the Senate. The Congressional Budget Office has “scored” each one of these plans, and they all stand to strip health coverage from tens of millions of people should they pass.
This grim fact unsurprisingly has untold numbers of Americans angry. Protesters took their frustrations out right outside the Senate chamber on Tuesday, while the legislative body was deliberating on the Motion to Proceed. In footage from inside the Senate chamber, resounding chants of “Kill the Bill!” can very clearly be heard.
Check it out below.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 25, 2017
Reporter Taylor Lorenz says on Twitter that around 30 people seem to have been arrested. The protests, she notes, were not on the Senate floor, but rather, they were on the third floor, just outside the public gallery.
Arrests all happened on the 3rd floor, outside the public gallery. The protesters were not on the Senate floor (just for ppl asking!)
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) July 25, 2017
Reporters were, according to various reports from the scene, forbidden from taking photos or videos of the protests themselves or the arrests.
The Motion to Proceed on debate over the repeal of ObamaCare was passed when Vice President Mike Pence cast the tiebreaking vote, GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins both voted against the measure.
Protests have rocked D.C. Senate offices for weeks. When one of the first drafts of the Senate GOP’s health care bill was released, dozens of disabled rights activists were arrested after staging a protest right outside the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The protests will no doubt continue now that debate is officially open on the GOP’s plan to repeal the ACA and strip health care from tens of millions of people.
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