House Democrats are trying to repeal the popular insurance mandate that requires employers to cover birth control for their employees.
The move comes as the GOP is preparing to unveil a budget to replace Obamacare’s unpopular tax overhaul.
The House Ways and Means Committee voted Thursday to begin the process to repeal a mandate that the federal government covers most forms of contraception, including birth control.
The vote came just hours after Republicans failed to repeal and replace the mandate as part of their Obamacare replacement effort.
The Republicans plan would repeal the requirement that employers offer contraception coverage to their employees, but leave in place the mandate that employers provide it.
Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers are required to provide coverage to employees, including contraception, for up to 30 days a year.
Some Republicans have said they will keep the requirement.
However, it is unclear whether Republicans will vote to repeal it.
The committee vote was one of a flurry of Republican actions this week that have included a decision to delay the release of the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Affordable Health Care Act.
Also Thursday, Republicans on the House Budget Committee voted to hold a procedural vote on an amendment to the budget that would delay implementation of the individual mandate until 2020, a move that would force the next president to sign a spending bill that includes the requirement for contraceptive coverage.
Republican leaders have said the delay is necessary to allow the CBO to analyze the costs of the health law’s provisions.
However there are some concerns from conservative lawmakers that the delay could push up the cost of the ACA.
The GOP proposal would have saved roughly $1.5 trillion over 10 years by delaying the requirement, but it would have raised the number of uninsured people by more than 20 million people.