Protesters chant “Kill the bill! Don’t kill us!” in the Senate gallery as Senate votes on motion to proceed on health care pic.twitter.com/G4AvutgyfA
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 25, 2017
Chants of “kill the bill” broke out inside the chamber galleries on Tuesday as the Senate prepares to hold its procedural vote to decide whether to move ahead with the new effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Shortly after Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer made their final pre-vote statements, protesters started shouting “shame” and “Kill the bill, don’t kill us!” The Senate is proceeding with the voting motion as Congressional security staff escort the protesters from the gallery.
BREAKING: Protestors chanting “Kill the bill” in the Senate gallery as voting began. Being escorted out here –> pic.twitter.com/qn78fqZOYc
— Will Drabold (@WillDrabold) July 25, 2017
The vote to repeal Obamacare is looking increasingly close, seeing as Republican senate holdouts Dean Heller, Rand Paul, and Shelley Capito have stated that they will vote in favor of the motion. Vice President Mike Pence is standing by in the event that a tiebreaker is needed to pass through a 50-50 vote.
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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