U.S. Senator Ben Sasse released the following statement after the Senate voted on a procedural motion to start floor debate on the healthcare legislation.

"Today’s vote allows the Senate to begin debating health reform legislation on the floor,” said Sasse. “This is step one in what's going to be a long process — I expect the Senate to immediately start the back and forth amendment process. If a bill ultimately passes, it will not be the House bill, but rather something that goes to a conference debate process with the House of Representatives."