House members voted 227-198 today to approve Senate Concurrent Resolution 3, a measure that creates a framework for blocking Affordable Care Act programs that have a significant effect on federal spending.
All 189 Democrats who participated voted against the resolution.
Nine of the 236 Republicans in the tally voted against the resolution.
The budget resolution directs congressional committees to propose health care budget cuts. The resolution gives the committees the authority to change or eliminate ACA programs that affect the federal budget deficit.
ACA critics are using the resolution to attack the health law because Republicans hold just 52 seats in the Senate. Senate rules normally require supporters of legislation to round up 60 votes to get the legislation through the Senate.
A budget resolution or another type of budget measure, a budget reconciliation resolution, can get through the Senate with just 51 votes. But complicated Senate rules let lawmakers include a provision in a budget measure only if the Senate parliamentarian agrees that the provision is related to the federal budget.