The budget that Senate Republicans are bringing to the floor this week will ensure that ObamaCare is left “in the past,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch Funding a strong defense of our nation's democratic process can't wait The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE said Monday.

Marking the fifth anniversary of President Obama’s healthcare law, McConnell said Republicans are about to chart a new course for the country.


"We begin this week by remembering a failed idea from the past: ObamaCare," the Kentucky Republican said from the Senate floor. "And we'll end by passing balanced budget legislation about the future.”

“By passing a balanced budget that’s about the future, we can leave ObamaCare’s higher costs and broken promises where they belong — in the past."

The Senate on Monday is starting floor work on the budget, with a marathon round of amendment votes likely to take place later this week.

McConnell contrasted the Senate Republican budget, which would balance in a decade and cut $5.1 trillion from spending, with a plan from Obama that he said avoids making difficult decisions.

"President Obama’s budgets skip the tough choices, keep spending more money we don’t have, contain massive tax increases, and never balance, ever," he said. "Contrast that to the budget before the Senate today. It balances. It does so without raising taxes." 

McConnell said the budget is "another example of the new Senate getting back to work for the American people." 

Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems open to killing filibuster in next Congress Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller Steyer's impeachment solution is dead wrong MORE (D-Nev.) said it’s time for Republicans to "accept that ObamaCare is the law of the land." 

"After five years it's clear that it's working," he said. "I invite my Republican colleague to accept that ObamaCare is the law of the land. Put aside the unrealistic notions of repealing the law." 

The Republican budget includes special "reconciliation" instructions that could be used in an effort to repeal the healthcare law.