The House passed the American Health Care Act on Thursday, which would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and put in place the nation’s most comprehensive and ambitious climate change plan in decades.
The bill would also roll back regulations, cut taxes and raise spending on infrastructure, and give states more power to tackle climate change.
The House passed its bill last month, and Senate Republicans have not yet indicated whether they’ll bring the legislation up for a vote.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters that the vote in the Senate was “historic.”
“I am so proud of the House of Representatives,” he said.
“It was the first time we have had the opportunity to pass an act that actually takes our nation’s health care to the next level.
And it is the first act of its kind in the history of the country.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also praised the House’s passage.
“This is a historic day for our country,” he told reporters.
“I have been urging this Congress for months to do everything in our power to pass this legislation, but the American people have spoken.”
Senate Republicans have already started working on the legislation, which will be put to a vote on Wednesday.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that he will introduce legislation to make the health care bill more affordable.
“We want to make sure that the bill is affordable to Americans,” Ryan said.