The Senate on Wednesday voted 51-48 to move ahead in debating a fiscal 2017 budget resolution that would include reconciliation instructions repealing the 2010 health care law. The motion to proceed to the resolution required only a simple majority vote. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky voted no.
The Senate is expected to begin debate on the budget resolution later Wednesday and through Thursday, and work on amendments next week. Lawmakers hope to see the budget resolution adopted by both chambers by Jan. 20, when Donald Trump will be sworn in as president, though the president does not need to sign the resolution.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said Democrats are planning to slow-walk the budget resolution. “We certainly are going to use every hour of debate given to us. There is 50 hours of debate, 25 is for us, and we intend to use those,” she said.