At The Hill by Alexander Bolten --
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act will be the first order of business in the new Congress.
McConnell announced the agenda Tuesday, after meeting with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Senate GOP colleagues over lunch.
"We'll be moving to the ObamaCare replacement," as soon as the Senate convenes in January, McConnell said, referring to repeal legislation that is expected to pass with a simple majority vote under special budgetary rules.
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a member of McConnell's leadership team, said Republicans will consider an array of measures to replace President Obama's signature healthcare law.
"There's going to be an important discussion of all the alternatives," he said of ideas Republicans favored in 2009 such as allowing insurance companies to sell plans across state lines, which Democrats shelved.
The Senate is scheduled to convene on Jan. 3.