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Senate health care vote interrupted by protesters

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It’s not over ‘til it’s over.

The Senate’s vote on a motion to proceed on a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act Tuesday was interrupted by protesters chanting “Kill the bill.”

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Reporters in the chamber said the chants were so loud senators could not be heard without shouting. The protesters interrupting the bill were arrested, and reporters were told they could not take photos or videos of the protests and arrests.

Capitol police blocked reporters from talking to the protesters, so there are not details available on who the protesters in the chamber are.

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The bill is the fourth attempt to repeal Obamacare. The first three attempts have failed when Republican senators voted against the motion to proceed. The details of the bill being voted on are unknown even by the senators voting on the bill.

As of 2:50 p.m., Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have voted against the motion to proceed. The GOP can lose just one more vote or the motion to proceed fails and the bill will not go to the floor.

ADAPT, a disability rights organization, has vowed an indefinite sit-in if the bill passes.


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