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Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Tuesday, the hospital said in a statement on Wednesday, nearly six weeks after he and three others were shot at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia.

The House majority whip "is now beginning a period of intensive inpatient rehabilitation," the hospital said. "He is in good spirits and is looking forward to his return to work once he completes rehabilitation."

The statement added, "He and his family are grateful for the care he received from the trauma team as well as the other doctors, nurses and staff of MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The family also appreciates the outpouring of prayers and support during this time."

Dr. Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, said after the shooting that Scalise had "sustained a single rifle wound that entered in the area of the left hip. It traveled directly across toward the other hip in what we call a transpelvic gunshot wound. The round fragmented and did substantial damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels."

"I understand he was awake on scene, but by the time he was transported by helicopter to the MedStar trauma center, he was in shock," Sava said. "When he arrived, he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death." His condition later improved.

The shooter, identified by police as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, was killed in a shootout with police.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate is in the thick of a potentially dayslong process to find a health care plan that Republicans might be able to actually pass.

Senators will vote on numerous possibilities for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The votes are being held in the hope that Republicans can reach some kind of consensus that would allow both chambers of Congress to pass a piece of health care legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set the scene as he kicked off the second day of health care-related votes Wednesday morning.

“Ultimately, we want to get legislation that will finally end the Obamacare status quo through Congress and to the president’s desk,” he said.

The Senate is expected to vote on a straight repeal-only option based on a piece of legislation from 2015 that passed both chambers of Congress but was vetoed by then-President Barack Obama.

Although that language cleared the House and Senate back then, some Senate Republicans acknowledge now that the vote was symbolic. It was used by some at the time to send a message to Obama and to their constituents back home even though they knew it would be vetoed. More recently, several Republicans have said they won’t back a straight repeal-only option like that one; as of now, it will likely fail.

Senate Republicans' first attempt at passing their own replacement legislation failed last night, with nine Republicans joining all of the chamber's Democrats to defeat it, 43-57.

That outcome was not a surprise, given that the bill had previously been pulled from the Senate floor due to lack of support.

Republicans from several factions of the party had previously stated their objections to it for a variety of reasons, including its proposed cuts to Medicaid, failure to cut premiums sufficiently and failure to repeal Obamacare entirely.

Republican leadership is expected to move through various versions of repeal, including possible limited repeal options that would only scrap portions of the Affordable Care Act, such as the individual and employer mandates.

After those votes, the full Senate -- even Democrats -- will be able to offer additional amendments.

That so-called "vote-a-rama" later this week could open the floodgates for all senators to introduce as many amendments as they want.

That process could last until senators are physically exhausted.

Democrats have said they have "hundreds" of amendments to offer and are preparing for a marathon.

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The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump announced Wednesday morning that after consulting with his generals and military experts, transgender people will not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military "in any capacity."

After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017

....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017

....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017

His surprise announcement comes after Defense Secretary James Mattis last month delayed the review of an Obama-era policy that allowed openly transgender people to join the military.

Trump's new policy goes further than Mattis' delay in definitively barring transgender people from serving in the military.

"We refer all questions about the president's statements to the White House," Defense Department spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said in a statement. "We will continue to work closely with the White House to address the new guidance provided by the commander-in-chief on transgender individuals serving the military. We will provide revised guidance to the department in the near future."

He declined to confirm whether Trump consulted Mattis before the announcement.

In June 2016, then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that transgender individuals would be able to openly serve in the armed forces. He referred at the time to a Rand study estimate that 2,500 to 7,000 of the 1.3 million active-duty service members might be transgender.

In a written statement last month, Mattis approved a recommendation to defer the decision to allow transgender individuals to join the military, known as accession.

"The services will review their accession plans and provide input on the impact to the readiness and lethality of our forces," the statement read.

In June of last year, then-candidate Trump tweeted his support for the LGBT community and attacked his opponent Hillary Clinton.

Some, including the bipartisan Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, have characterized Trump's announcement Wednesday morning as standing in direct contradiction to his previously voiced support for the LGBT community.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- One of the Justice Department's highest officials has notified the White House that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has no plans to resign from his post, a U.S. official told ABC News.

In recent days, Jody Hunt, the chief of staff to Sessions, informed White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus about Sessions' plans, despite growing pressure from President Donald Trump, the official said.

Sessions, one of President Trump's staunchest supporters during the presidential campaign, has recently been called "beleaguered" and "weak" by the commander-in-chief. And President Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he would not have chosen Sessions for attorney general if he had known Sessions would be recusing himself from the federal probe looking at Russia's efforts to influence last year's presidential election.

Asked on Tuesday whether Sessions would be asked to resign, President Trump said, "We will see what happens. Time will tell."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's close adviser and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said the president will likely have a private conversation with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the coming days, following his recent spate of public criticism against the former Alabama senator.

"I don't think he's humiliating Jeff Sessions," Lewandowski told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Wednesday on Good Morning America.

Whether or not Trump decides to fire Sessions, Lewandowski said he believes the president will speak with the attorney general in person.

"I think the president is going to have that conversation with Sen. Sessions," he said. "I know the president is thankful for the work that Jeff has done."

Lewandowski said Trump's decision about whether to keep Sessions in the role will ultimately be one that's "thought out" with "a plan in place."

Lewandowki's comments come a day after Trump said he is "disappointed" in Sessions, adding to a barrage of public rebukes.

"He should not have recused himself almost immediately after he took office, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me prior to taking office, and I would have, quite simply, picked somebody else," Trump said on Tuesday during a joint press conference alongside Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

"So I think that's a bad thing -- not for the president, but for the presidency. I think it's unfair to the presidency, and that's the way I feel," Trump added.

Trump said he wants Sessions to be "much tougher on the leaks from intelligence agencies, which are leaking, like, rarely have they ever leaked before at a very important level."

"These are intelligence agencies. We cannot have that happen," the president said.

"We will see what happens. Time will tell. Time will tell," he added.



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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's close adviser and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said the president will likely have a private conversation with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the coming days, following his recent spate of public criticism against the former Alabama senator.

"I don't think he's humiliating Jeff Sessions," Lewandowski told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Wednesday on Good Morning America.

Whether or not Trump decides to fire Sessions, Lewandowski said he believes the president will speak with the attorney general in person.

"I think the president is going to have that conversation with Sen. Sessions," he said. "I know the president is thankful for the work that Jeff has done."

Lewandowski said Trump's decision about whether to keep Sessions in the role will ultimately be one that's "thought out" with "a plan in place."

Lewandowki's comments come a day after Trump said he is "disappointed" in Sessions, adding to a barrage of public rebukes.

"He should not have recused himself almost immediately after he took office, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me prior to taking office, and I would have, quite simply, picked somebody else," Trump said on Tuesday during a joint press conference alongside Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

"So I think that's a bad thing, not for the president, but for the presidency. I think it's unfair to the presidency, and that's the way I feel," Trump added.

Trump said he wants Sessions to be "much tougher on the leaks from intelligence agencies, which are leaking, like, rarely have they ever leaked before at a very important level."

"These are intelligence agencies. We cannot have that happen," the president said.

"We will see what happens. Time will tell. Time will tell," he added.

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BananaStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Despite all the activity on the Senate floor on Tuesday -- including a standing ovation for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was diagnosed with brain cancer and 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.

After the vote Tuesday to move ahead to debate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced two possible amendments that would swap out the House text entirely and replace it with new language.

The first was a package that included the repeal-and-replace draft Senate leadership wrote up this summer but never made it to a floor vote, which failed on a series of procedural votes Tuesday night.

But the Senate has yet to consider the second possibility that McConnell introduced, which would swap out the House version with the text of a bill lawmakers voted on back in 2015 that repeals the Affordable Care Act with a two-year delay to leave allow time to pass a replacement.

This language passed both chambers of Congress back then, but even Senate Republicans acknowledge that it was a vote to send a message to President Barack Obama and to their voters back home because they knew it was going to get vetoed. Recently, several Republicans have said they won’t back a straight repeal option like this; as of now, it will likely fail.

Once those two options are voted on, the Senate will have more debate time -- 18 hours divided evenly between Democrats and Republicans. Then a so-called "vote-a-rama" begins, opening the floodgates for all senators to introduce as many amendments as they want. The vote-a-rama can last until senators reach literal physical exhaustion.

Democrats have said they have "hundreds" of amendments to offer and are preparing for a marathon.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and other Republicans have said leadership will likely continue to offer more limited repeal options that narrow the scope of repeal until they get something to pass.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos teamed up with Ivanka Trump on Tuesday at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, where the pair read to a group of girls in an effort to excite them about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The pair took turns reading "Rosie Revere Engineer" -- which Trump said is her 6-year-old daughter Arabella's favorite book -- to a group of 6- to 10-year-olds from the Boys and Girls Club and a local YMCA in the Washington, D.C., museum's SparkLab.

The first daughter, who serves as an adviser to the president, tweeted a video of the event, describing the attendees as "amazing girls."

With @BetsyDeVosED reading Rosie Revere, Engineer to these amazing girls at today’s #SummerReading event. #STEM pic.twitter.com/py0lSdBU2F

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 25, 2017

According to a U.S. Department of Education press release, the reading was intended to "encourage students to stay actively engaged in their education while on summer break."

"This event is a continuation of the Department of Education’s summer reading initiative and will focus specifically on getting girls excited about science, technology, engineering and math," the statement read.

DeVos tweeted about the event, and after the reading, Trump snapped selfies with the pint-sized leaders of tomorrow, which the White House documented on its Snapchat account.

Fun morning of #SummerReading with @IvankaTrump and many incredible young girls at the @amhistorymuseum #SparkLab pic.twitter.com/nQGNVh3ntr

— Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVosED) July 25, 2017

Engineer? Scientist? Coder? These girls all have bright futures ahead of them! #SummerReading #GirlsInSTEM #SparkLab pic.twitter.com/CE7M2cwVNL

— Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVosED) July 25, 2017

And David Skorton, secretary of the Smithsonian, tweeted that he was proud to show their STEM programs to their special guests.

Proud to show our important #STEM & innovation programs @amhistorymuseum #SparkLab to @BetsyDeVosED & @IvankaTrump at #SummerReading event pic.twitter.com/RhHYUD6nWd

— David J. Skorton (@DavidJSkorton) July 25, 2017

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Justin Merriman/Getty Images(YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio) -- President Donald Trump went back into campaign mode at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio on Tuesday evening.

He started by running through "what an amazing few days it's been," listing a number of public events he has held in the past week, including addressing a Boy Scout Jamboree on Monday and the procedural health care vote passage today in the Senate.

"We have spent the entire week celebrating with the hard-working American men and women who are making us make America great again," Trump said.

"I'm here to cut through the fake news filter and to speak straight to the American people," he said.

At points, he appeared to enjoy the chanting crowds, which called out frequent campaign maxims like "drain the swamp," "lock her up," and "build the wall" at various points.

"Don't even think about it -- we will build the wall," he said in response to one of the chants.

"Is there any place that's more fun, more exciting, and safer than a Trump rally?" he asked.


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eurobanks/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The House of Representatives on Tuesday 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.

“The multitude of threats posed to our national security by Iran, Russia, and North Korea cannot be understated,” Speaker Paul Ryan noted following the vote. “These bad actors have long sought to undermine the United States and disrupt global stability. Our job in Congress is to hold them accountable. The bill we just passed with overwhelming bipartisan support is one of the most expansive sanctions packages in history. It tightens the screws on our most dangerous adversaries in order to keep Americans safe.”

Three Republicans -- Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, John Duncan of Tennessee and Thomas Massie of Kentucky -- voted against the measure.

The bill now heads to the Senate, where an earlier version passed behind another bipartisan tally 98-2.

But with the upper chamber now consumed with health care reform, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said it’s possible the package may not face a vote on final passage before the August recess.

Corker also lamented the process for getting the legislation passed.

“It would have been much cleaner just to send Russia and Iran over. That was the language everyone agreed to,” Corker told reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, urged his Republicans colleagues to take up the bill as soon as possible.

“Senate Republican leaders should move this bill as soon as possible, so that it can be on the president's desk without delay. Passing the bill on a bipartisan basis will send a strong signal to the White House that the Kremlin needs to be held accountable for meddling in last year's election,” Schumer wrote in a statement.

The White House has also sent contradictory signals on whether the president will sign the legislation, though it appears to have veto-proof majorities in both chambers.

“He’s going to study that legislation and see what the final product looks like,” incoming White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Monday.

In a statement later, Sanders added, "While the president supports tough sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russia, the White House is reviewing the House legislation and awaits a final legislative package for the president’s desk."

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Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee has dropped their subpoena compelling former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to appear after reaching a deal to work together, according to both sources close to Manafort and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed that an agreement was reached and Manafort will not be at the committee's hearing on Wednesday as the subpoena originally compelled him to be.

"Faced with issuance of a subpoena, we are happy that Mr. Manafort has started producing documents to the Committee and we have agreed to continue negotiating over a transcribed interview. It’s important that he and other witnesses continue to work with this committee as it fulfills its oversight responsibility," according to a statement from Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member of the committee.

"Our investigation is still in its early stages, and we will continue to seek information from witnesses as necessary. As we’ve said before, we intend to get the answers that we need, one way or the other. Cooperation from witnesses is always the preferred route, but this agreement does not prejudice the committee’s right to compel his testimony in the future," the statement continued.

The panel has withdrawn its subpoena but reserves the right to compel him to appear in the future, a judiciary committee source told ABC News.

The subpoena was originally issued on Monday and announced this morning.

"While we were willing to accommodate Mr. Manafort's request to cooperate with the committee's investigation without appearing at Wednesday's hearing, we were unable to reach an agreement for a voluntary transcribed interview with the Judiciary Committee," according to a statement from Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member of the committee.

It continued, "While the Judiciary Committee was willing to cooperate on equal terms with any other committee to accommodate Mr. Manafort's request, ultimately that was not possible."

The statement said that Manafort may be excused from the hearing "if he would be willing to agree to production of documents and a transcribed interview, with the understanding that the interview would not constitute a waiver of his rights or prejudice the committee's right to compel his testimony in the future."

Jason Maloni, a spokesperson for Manafort, told ABC News earlier Tuesday that Manafort spoke to the Senate Intelligence Committee this morning.

"Paul Manafort met this morning, by previous agreement, with the bipartisan staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee and answered their questions fully," Maloni said.

Maloni said of Manafort's then-ongoing negotiations with the Judiciary Committee, "Paul has been cooperating from the beginning, and we hope to work something out." A source with knowledge of those negotiations told ABC News that Manafort's team was invited to attend Tuesday's session with Intelligence Committee investigators but the Judiciary Committee declined that invitation.

Manafort, 68, joined the Trump campaign on March 29, 2016, to lead its delegate-wrangling efforts.

A news release from the Trump campaign at the time said Manafort was "volunteering his considerable insight and expertise because of his belief that Mr. Trump is the right person for these difficult times."

Manafort was promoted to the campaign's chairman and chief strategist in May and directed the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.

He departed the campaign on Aug. 19.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department is pushing back on a new wave of rumors that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is planning on resigning.

“That is false,” spokesperson Heather Nauert said when asked about the rumors at the department's briefing Tuesday. “The secretary has been very clear: He intends to stay here at the State Department. We have a lot of work that is left to be done ahead of us. He recognizes that. He’s deeply engaged in that work.

“He does, however, serve at the pleasure of the president, just as any Cabinet official,” she added, in what could be taken as a nod to the president’s open criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and speculation that he might resign, too.

Tillerson has had some tension with the White House over staffing at the State Department and his independence to make decisions about the nation’s foreign policy agency, senior administration officials told ABC News. But he's also remarked about his commitment to service and the call he heard to take this role.

“I’m still developing myself as a values-based servant leader, and this new opportunity that I have to serve our country has provided me with new ways of learning ... so it gives me a chance to grow as a leader,” he told the Boy Scouts of America in an emotional address Friday.

Senior aide R.C. Hammond has said Tillerson will stay in the role as “as long as there are rogue regimes pursuing nuclear weapons or terrorists seeking safe haven,” according to Buzzfeed News.

Tillerson has also been out of the public eye since Friday, and Nauert said today that he’s “taking a little time off.”

“He does have the ability to go away for a few days on his own ... just taking a little time off," she said. “He’s got a lot of work. He just came back from that mega-trip from overseas -- as you all well know, many of you were there for the G-20, and his other travel as well, so he’s entitled to taking a few days himself.”

She later clarified that the vacation was planned in advance and was not in response to any resignation rumors.

Last Thursday, he met with the president, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and other top officials at the Pentagon, before briefing members of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill; meanwhile, his public schedule listed only “meetings and briefings” at the State Department.

Nauert also spoke to Tillerson’s thoughts on Trump’s politically charged speech to the Boy Scouts –- just three days after Tillerson’s own. Nauert said that Trump addressed the Boy Scouts Jamboree at Tillerson’s invitation, but the secretary could not attend.

Tillerson is “aware of the president’s comments,” but didn’t express an opinion on what he said, according to Nauert.

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is "disappointed" in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, adding to a recent spate of public criticisms.

"He should not have recused himself almost immediately after he took office, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me prior to taking office, and I would have, quite simply, picked somebody else. So I think that's a bad thing, not for the president but for the presidency. I think it's unfair to the presidency, and that's the way I feel," Trump said at a joint news conference.

Trump said that he wants Sessions "to be much tougher on the leaks from intelligence agencies, which are leaking like rarely have they ever leaked before at a very important level," he said.

"These are intelligence agencies. We cannot have that happen," he said.

"We will see what happens. Time will tell. Time will tell," he added.

The joint news conference took place alongside Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is visiting the White House.

Before giving his official remarks about Hariri's visit, Trump praised today's health care vote, calling it a "big step" and thanking Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for making "a tough trip to get here and vote."


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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- 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 disclosing his brain tumor diagnosis.

Senators from both sides of the aisle gave their colleague a standing ovation when he arrived on the floor to cast his vote Tuesday.

McCain decided to return to Washington quickly to be able to vote on a procedural motion that would allow senators to debate the Republican health care plan that would replace Obamacare.

McCain cast his vote in favor of the motion. It passed, allowing Republicans to advance their health care bill.

Following a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence, McCain was given the opportunity to address his colleagues.

He stressed the importance of the Senate, issuing what appeared to be a warning to President Donald Trump.

"We are not the president's subordinates. We are his equal," McCain said of the legislative branch.

McCain also spoke at length about the at-times acrimonious relations within the Senate and urged his colleagues to work across the aisle.

"Our deliberations can still be important and useful, but I think we can all agree that they haven't been overburdened by greatness lately," he said.

"Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio and television and the internet. To hell with them!" he said in a line that was met by applause.

"What have we to lose by trying to work together to find those solutions?" he asked.

McCain wrapped up his speech by saying that he has "every intention" of returning to the Senate after treating his tumor, warning that his return will give "many of you cause to regret all the nice things you said about me."

President Trump, who has a turbulent history with McCain, praised him as an "American hero" for coming back to vote.

During a joint news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is visiting the White House Tuesday, Trump opened his remarks by saying that McCain is a "very brave man" who "made a tough trip to get here and vote."


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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate voted 51-50 Tuesday to move forward with a debate on health care reform, even though it was not clear what measure the body would be considering. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote.

Susan Collins from Maine and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska were the only two Republican senators who joined Democrats in voting no on the motion to proceed.

Before the voting began, protesters chanted "Kill the bill" and "Shame! Shame!"

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was diagnosed with brain cancer last week, returned to the Senate floor to vote in favor of moving the debate forward. His appearance was met with a standing ovation.

"I voted for the motion to proceed to allow debate to continue and amendments be offered," McCain said. "I will not vote for this bill as it is today. It's a shell of a bill right now. We all know that."

The Senate GOP has been dealt several setbacks, including not having enough votes for its original plan to repeal and replace aspects of Obamacare as well as a straight repeal, but President Trump has pushed for the body to make progress.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the debate on health care in the Senate will be "an open amendment process."

"This is just the beginning. We’re not out here to spike the football, this is the long way," McConnell said after the vote. "But we’ll finish at the end of the week hopefully with a measure that can either go to the House and be taken up or go to Congress. And we’re pleased to have been able to take the first step and that’s the direction for today."

In a statement released today, Trump said he applauds senators for "taking a giant step to end the Obamacare nightmare."

"As this vote shows, inaction is not an option, and now the legislative process can move forward as intended to produce a bill that lowers costs and increases options for all Americans," the statement said. "The Senate must now pass a bill and get it to my desk so we can finally end the Obamacare disaster once and for all."

The president also thanked McCain on Twitter for returning to D.C. "for such a vital vote."

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- Members of the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russia election interference questioned White House senior adviser Jared Kushner today on Capitol Hill for more than three hours on Tuesday.

Kushner, who was under oath, answered questions from Republicans and Democrats about his meetings with Russian officials during the presidential campaign.

"What he said publicly is the same things he said to us," Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Florida, one of the Republicans leading the investigation, said Tuesday. "It was very conversational. Probably one of the easier interviews that we’ve done."

On Monday, following an interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee, Kushner denied collaborating with Russia to influence the presidential election.

"The record and documents I have voluntarily provided will show that all of my actions were proper," Kushner, the president's son-in-law, said in a statement outside the White House Monday after his closed-door interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so," he said. "I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds for my businesses."

He also released an 11-page statement denying collusion Monday morning.

Rooney and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, led questioning for Republicans in Tuesday's session, while Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., did the same for Democrats.

"He expressed, and his counsel, receptivity to come back for further questions, but it was a very productive session," Schiff told reporters after the interview. The California representative has not ruled out inviting Kushner back to Capitol Hill.

Members seemed pleased with Kushner's cooperation after the session.

"We found him to be straightforward, forthcoming," said Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas.

"He was cooperative," said. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn.

Kushner did not respond to questions about his willingness to testify publicly as he left the Capitol Tuesday.

Rooney, a former prosecutor, said he was "very impressed" by Kushner.

"I can understand why the president has so much faith in him, because he’s an extremely impressive guy," he said. "I actually felt good about the fact that he was working in the White House, that somebody like that is helping the president make his decisions."

The president also thanked McCain on Twitter for returning to D.C. "for such a vital vote."

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