The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a measure to repeal and replace President Donald Trumps health care law, a crucial first step toward fulfilling a key promise of the Republican Party during the presidential election campaign.
The measure passed 217-189, with Republicans holding a 51-45 majority, according to The Associated Press.
The bill will now head to the Senate, where Democrats are expected to oppose the repeal and are expected in full control of the chamber.
The House has until March 29 to pass a replacement plan that must also pass the Senate.
Trump, who has vowed to take the Senate and the House out of the health care system, has vowed that if he is elected, he will repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Trump said during the campaign that the U.S. could be “one of the best health care systems in the world” if Republicans repeal the law.
Democrats are calling on Trump to immediately take action on the repeal.
The House approved the measure, dubbed the Better Care Reconciliation Act, on Thursday, after House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to overcome GOP opposition to the measure.
The bill, which would repeal the ACA, now heads to Trump’s desk.