The Senate on Sunday failed to pass an amendment to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its first vote on repealing the law since Republicans took control of the Senate in January.
Eight senators did not participate in the weekend vote, leading the measure, an amendment to the highway funding bill, to fail in a 49-43 party line vote, according to Politico.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) may ask the Senate to reconsider the measure to repeal Obamacare on Monday, according to Politico.
The amendment was expected to fail, as the measure needed 60 votes to pass. When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the vote on Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticized McConnell for bringing up the measure. He called the amendment an “empty showboat that’s a good way to distract from what’s going on.”