Legislation repealing President Obama's health care overhaul cleared a key procedural hurdle in the House of Representatives on Friday, advancing a top priority of the new Republican congressional majority.
The sharply partisan 236-181 vote probably will set up a final House vote to undo the measure next Wednesday.
Almost every Republican voted to advance the measure; nearly every Democrat opposed it.
While a successful repeal vote would fulfill a GOP campaign promise, the measure is considered to have virtually no chance of surviving either the Democratic-controlled Senate or a promised presidential veto.
"We will vote to repeal Obamacare again and again until we consign their government takeover to the ash heap of history where it belongs," said Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana. "Welcome to the 112th Congress. American people -- this is your week."
"We are setting in motion an effort to repeal President Obama's job killing bill ... and replace it with real solutions," said California GOP Rep. David Dreier, the chairman of the House Rules Committee. "We want to start with a clean slate." (Continues)