The Senate on Thursday narrowly approved a bill to overturn a 2014 law requiring Americans to obtain a prescription for a certain type of birth control, sending it to President Donald Trump for his signature.
The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 46-42, with Sens.
Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and John McCain (R, Ariz.) casting the deciding votes.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.) was not present at the vote.
He said the vote was not a “rigged election” and that he did not believe a change in the law would affect the outcome of the midterm elections.
Portman and McCain both have said they will support the bill if it becomes law.
The measure passed the House on Thursday, but the Senate was unable to reach a compromise on its passage in the Senate.
Portamah said that was because Republicans are united in opposing the Affordable Care Act, even though the House passed the bill in March.
Portmen has been among Trump’s most vocal opponents on the Affordable Health Care Act.
He also has voiced his support for the GOP health care bill that passed the Senate in March, even as Trump has criticized the bill.
Portmans support of the GOP bill will be a big boost for Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections, as they look to capitalize on the Trump wave.
The Republican Senate majority has been in the minority since January 2017.
Trump has said he will not be voting in the upcoming election, and he has called for a special election in 2018 in a bid to secure a majority for him.
Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the chamber.
But a Democratic majority would give Democrats a greater number of seats to gain control of both chambers in the future.
Democrats, however, have already said they would be willing to consider the possibility of holding a special House election to determine whether Trump would be forced to accept the Senate’s replacement.