United States President Donald Trump took a ‘victory lap’ at the White House Rose Garden on Thursday after the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill to repeal major parts of Obamacare and replace it with a Republican healthcare plan.
The bill’s passage represented a step toward fulfilling a top Trump campaign pledge and a seven-year Republican quest to dismantle Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.
Even as lawmakers were voting, Trump had announced plans to hold a victory celebration in the White House Rose Garden if the legislation was approved.
The effort now faces new hurdles in the Senate, where the Republicans have only a 52-seat majority in the 100-seat chamber and where just a few Republican defections could sink the bill.
Thursday’s vote handed Trump his biggest legislative victory.
With the 217-213 vote, Republicans obtained just enough support to push the legislation through the House, sending it to the Senate for consideration. No Democrats voted for the bill.