The Senate voted Wednesday to delay consideration of a measure to repeal President Donald Trump’s health care law until at least March 31.
The measure, the American Health Care Act, is expected to pass the Senate on a party-line vote of 67-33.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said it is a “prolonged effort to try to get to a point where we can get to consensus, and that will be at the end of March.
He added that it is up to Democrats to come together with us.”
McConnell also said that he would not be able to “continue the filibuster,” which is required for legislation to be considered by the Senate, “because the president will have to sign it.”
Democrats, who control the Senate and the House, are expected to be able pass the measure by the end the month.
The American Health Act would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and the taxes on health care and insurance that the law imposes.
The Senate will vote on the legislation at the same time as the House on a budget resolution.
The Senate voted Tuesday to proceed with consideration of the measure in a 50-50 tie.
The legislation would be the first significant legislative achievement by the Trump administration to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Reform law.
The Affordable Care act was enacted in 2010 by the Obama administration to expand access to health insurance.
It was supported by Republicans, who had promised to repeal it and replace it with a more generous version of Medicaid.