>> The Vice-President votes in the affirmative, and the motion is agreed to.>> The Republican health plan clears a crucial hurdle in the Senate, but success is still far from certain. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington. Where the Senate just voted to begin debate on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
This is a big victory for Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump. Had they fallen short would have likely been the end of the party's seven year quest to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. But they're still far from to the finish line. Conservatives and moderates now must agree on what should replace a law that provides insurance coverage to 20 million Americans.
>> Republicans getting a boost from Senator John McCain, battling a severe brain tumor. Flying in from Arizona, against his doctor's advice to vote in favor of beginning debate. Like roughly a dozen other Republican Senators, he's still uncertain about the merits of the bill. Trump praising him as an American hero on Twitter.