N.C. senators take opposite corners in the health care debate | Star News | Wilmington, NC

North Carolina’s senators took opposite corners once again in the health care debate when the chamber took up its first votes Thursday to overhaul the nation’s health care system.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC was one of 37 Republicans who voted against the first amendment of the day, a proposal put forward by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., to protect preventative screening for women.

Burr said it did not go far enough to fix the issue of safeguarding mammograms, which prompted the amendment. Burr said he instead supported another, broader amendment on the issue from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. Story continues here ➤