After debate was allowed to proceed Tuesday on a repeal of legislation known as Obamacare, the Senate rejected an amendment from Senator Rand Paul Wednesday afternoon that would have repealed Obamacare and given Congress two years to replace it.
9 Republicans voted with Senate Democrats to defeat the legislation.
Tuesday night, the Senate also rejected an amendment from Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
Repealing Obamacare is a top priority for President Trump, who heavily campaigned on the issue during the 2016 election.
The Senate is sharply divided over the repeal.
Just to advance debate Tuesday, Republicans needed the support of John McCain, who traveled to DC to vote despite being recently diagnosed with brain cancer, as well as Vice President Mike Pence, who cast a tie-breaking vote after the Senate split 50-50.