Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellHow the GOP’s ‘Access to Care’ bill cuts down states’ rights Senate braces for fallout over Supreme Court fight Republicans seek to lower odds of a shutdown MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday promised the upper chamber will vote to eliminate a healthcare law provision requiring businesses to provide insurance for people working at least 30 hours per week.
There is "almost no chance" the Senate would bypass the vote, McConnell said.
The GOP argues the 30-hour rule is leading to job losses, and wants to up the requirement to 40 hours per week.
The House is expected to pass legislation to redefine full-time work to 40 hours a week on Thursday despite a veto threat issued by the White House on Wednesday.
McConnell dismissed estimates released by the Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday that said changing the definition of full-time work could raise the deficit by $53.2 billion over 10 years.
"It is wreaking havoc out in society regardless of what the CBO view may be of the impact on the U.S. budget. We know the impact on the family budget and it's not good," McConnell said.
Republicans called the veto threat a sign the president isn't willing to work with the new GOP majority in the Senate.
Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinRepublicans seek to lower odds of a shutdown No. 2 Senate Democrat opposes Trump's Supreme Court pick The Hill’s Whip List: 30 Dems are against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee MORE (D-Ill.) admitted that the veto threat was "unusual" as little time has been given to allow for debate.
"It is unusual for him to do it in advance but I think it's because these are not new issues and the gravity of both of these issues go directly to whether or not we are going to have a confrontational relationship with the Congress and White House," Durbin said.
Durbin said he supports "some changes" to ObamaCare, but that any changes need to be debated heavily.
Durbin said the two sides should be able to come to a compromise on the workweek.