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Senate passes budget resolution beginning ACA repeal process: 6 key facts

The U.S. Senate voted 51 to 48 on Jan. 12, 2017, to pass a budget resolution authorizing House and Senate committees to begin work on legislation to repeal portions of the ACA, The Washington Post reports.

Here's what you should know.

1. The Democratic party voted unanimously against the measure. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said "Because there is no replacement, I vote no."

2. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) voted against party lines because of the lack of a replacement measure.

3. Despite the Democratic party forcing several rounds of voting on critical health issues like mental health services and women's access to healthcare, lasting approximately seven hours, the Republicans passed the budget resolution early today, Jan. 12, 2017.

4. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the "Democrats intend to ensure that Republicans are held responsible for any chaos caused by ending President Obama's landmark law."

He urged the Republican party to put the rushed appeal aside, and work with the Democrats to improve healthcare and "not put chaos in place of affordable care."

5. The U.S. House of Representatives will consider the measure on Jan. 12, 2017. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) expects the resolution will pass.

6. In total, the Republicans blocked six amendments from the Democrats. Measures to prevent changes to Medicare or Medicaid and another to reduce the number of people enrolled in private insurance all failed.

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