“ObamaCare was passed with many promises, and in reality, it has not delivered,” Cruz said ahead of the vote. “ObamaCare is hurting young people, it’s hurting seniors, it’s hurting Hispanics, it’s hurting African-Americans, it’s hurting the economy and it should be repealed."

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The Senate is considering Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurraySenate Dems blast Barr for 'clear violation' of duty in Stone case, urge him to resign Democratic senators ask FDA to ban device used to shock disabled students Lawmakers with first-hand experience using food stamps call on Trump not to cut program MORE’s (D-Wash.) budget, which would reduce the deficit by $1.85 trillion over 10 years through an equal amount of spending reductions and revenue increases.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan says Biden likely won't get Democratic nomination Judd Gregg: Honey, I Shrunk The Party The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power MORE’s (R-Wis.) plan balances the budget in 10 years through $5.7 trillion in projected spending reductions. Democrats criticize his plan because he repeals the Affordable Care Act and would turn Medicare into a voucher system.

“The Senate budget commits to ensuring the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, so that we can continue building a stronger and more sustainable healthcare system for all Americans,” Murray said. “Unfortunately, the House Republican budget would do the opposite.”

Republicans say Obama’s signature healthcare law hurts the economy and raises taxes on the public and businesses.

The Senate also rejected an amendment from Sen. Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoTrump pick for Fed seat takes bipartisan fire On The Money: Economy grows 2.3 percent in 2019, slowest year under Trump | How coronavirus could impact the US economy | Farm bankruptcies jump | Pelosi not ready to back UK trade deal Senators ask FDA to crack down on non-dairy milks, cheeses MORE (R-Idaho), which would have repealed the tax increases on individuals from the Affordable Care Act. Crapo’s amendment was rejected on a 45-54 vote Friday.

“ObamaCare itself includes some 20 tax increases over $1 trillion,” Cruz said. “Many of those tax increases fall of the middle class.”

But some healthcare related amendments succeeded. On Friday, the Senate accepted Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenOvernight Health Care: Appeals court strikes down Medicaid work requirements | Pelosi's staff huddles with aides on surprise billing | Senate Dems pressure Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit Senate Democrats pressure Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit Trump under pressure to renew last nuke treaty with Russia MORE’s (D-N.H.) amendment to protect women’s healthcare coverage and employer-provided contraceptive coverage authorized under the Affordable Care Act. That amendment passed on a 56-43 vote.

Some Republicans argue that employers shouldn’t have to fund contraception if they disagree with it for moral and religious reasons.

"We must also protect the deeply religious beliefs in this country," Sen. Mike JohannsMichael (Mike) Owen JohannsMeet the Democratic sleeper candidate gunning for Senate in Nebraska Farmers, tax incentives can ease the pain of a smaller farm bill Lobbying World MORE (R-Neb.) said. "This law tramples on the rights of individuals." 

Shaheen said that her amendment makes sure a woman’s family planning decisions “are not dictated by government or her employer.”

“The United States has one of the highest rate of unintended pregnancies in the developed world,” Shaheen said. “Preventing unintended pregnancies just makes sense.”

GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsToward 'Super Tuesday' — momentum, money and delegates Trump unleashed: President moves with a free hand post-impeachment Senate Democrats pressure Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit MORE (Maine), Mark KirkMark Steven KirkBiden campaign releases video to explain 'what really happened in Ukraine' Why Republicans are afraid to call a key witness in the impeachment inquiry Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR MORE (Ill.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' Ocasio-Cortez blasts Trump as 'corrupt' for blocking Global Entry for New Yorkers MORE (Alaska) voted with most Democrats — Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Health Care: Appeals court strikes down Medicaid work requirements | Pelosi's staff huddles with aides on surprise billing | Senate Dems pressure Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit Senate Democrats pressure Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit Manchin not ruling out endorsing Trump reelection MORE (D-W.V.a) was the only Democrat to vote against Shaheen's amendment.

On Thursday night, senators voted 79-20 to repeal a 2.3 percent medical device tax, which was enacted as part of Obama’s healthcare law. Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTimeline: Trump and Romney's rocky relationship Key Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock Trump awards Medal of Freedom to racing industry icon Roger Penske MORE (R-Utah) introduced that amendment.

The Senate will continue debate on the budget until about 3 p.m. Friday. Then it will have a "vote-a-rama" on an unlimited number of germane amendments until final passage.

Murray’s budget includes $100 billion in stimulus funding that Democrats say will help economic growth and workforce training. 

Republicans have said the budget overestimates the extent to which it would reduce the deficit, and raises $1 trillion in new taxes. Democrats say their budget cuts the deficit by $1.85 trillion over 10 years through an equal amount of spending cuts and new revenue, but the GOP has said that because it assumes the sequester will not happen, the amount of deficit reduction is closer to $700 billion.

This article was updated at 12:30 p.m. to include the votes on Shaheen and Crapo's amendments.