The Note: A step forward, a step back for repeal and replace

Senate Republicans scored a procedural victory, but are far from consensus


  • Senate Republicans passed a procedural hurdle to move forward on debate on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The motion passed by a razor-thin, 51-50 margin but now comes the hard part: passing a bill that satisfies both the conservative and moderate wings of the GOP.
  • In a sign that Republicans are still far from a consensus on health care, the Senate voted down a package that included their latest repeal-and-replace draft legislation with amendments from Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
  • Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, just days removed from surgery that discovered an aggressive form of brain cancer, gave a rousing speech to the Senate, urging both parties to come together to craft bipartisan legislation on health care.
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee dropped its subpoena of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. The deal reached between Manafort and the committee means he will not publicly testify today as originally scheduled.
  • President Donald Trump has yet to clarify whether he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, only saying in a news conference that it was a bad thing “for the presidency” for Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
  • THE TAKE with ABC News' MaryAlice Parks


    "We are an important check on the executive. Whether or not we are of the same party, we are not the president's subordinates. We are his equal." -- Senator John McCain


    The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the Foreign Agents Registration Act at 10 a.m.

    President Trump will deliver remarks to the American Legion Boys Nation and the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation at 3 p.m. today at the White House.

    President Trump will be joined by Vice President Pence at a jobs announcement at 5 p.m.

    NEED TO READ with ABC News' Daksha Sthipam

    What's next in the Senate health care debate. Despite all the activity on the Senate floor Tuesday -- including a standing ovation for the recently cancer-diagnosed Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who flew back at the last minute to cast the decisive vote -- the chamber only passed a procedural measure to move forward and kick off debate on the repeal-and replace legislation that the House passed back in May. Now the work begins. Over the next few days, senators will introduce amendments changing the House version and decide the final text of a bill they will vote on and try to pass.

    House approves Russia sanctions curbing Trump's power. The House of Representatives yesterday passed sweeping sanctions that punish Russia for its election meddling and aggression toward its neighbors. The legislation passed by a count of 419-3, sending a strong bipartisan message to the White House that Congress will maintain its check on power over President Donald Trump.

    McCain gets standing ovation in return to Senate, says they're not 'president's subordinates'.. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was welcomed back to the Senate floor with a round of applause after returning to D.C. less than a week after his brain tumor diagnosis. McCain stressed the importance of the Senate, warning to President Donald Trump that senators weren’t “[his] subordinates” but his equal.


    @benyc: Senate Judiciary Committee withdraws subpoena for Paul Manafort. He'll provide docs and continue negotiating on interview timing.

    @MichaelCBender: WSJ INTERVIEW: Trump says Sessions—only senator to endorse him in primary—did so bc of big crowds, not loyalty

    @SenatorCollins: Making sweeping changes to the 50-year-old Medicaid program without a single Senate hearing is a mistake.

    @SpeakerRyan: BREAKING NEWS ? the House just passed one of the most expansive sanctions packages in history on Iran, Russia, and North Korea.

    @jonathanvswan: Text message just now from Michael Short: "I have resigned."

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