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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, left, listens to the committee's ranking member, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, as the committee began markup of the long-awaited plan by Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The GOP's Obamacare replacement bill narrowly passed the House Budget Committee

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UPDATE March 16, 10:43 a.m. EST:

The American Health Care Act narrowly passed the House Budget Committee Thursday morning. 

Three Republican lawmakers opposed the bill. One more "no" vote would have stalled the bill's progress. All Democrats present opposed the bill. 

UPDATE March 9, 1:49 p.m. EST:

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the House GOP's bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

The committee voted along party lines, 31-23 to approved the American Health Care Act after debating for roughly 27 hours. 

“We promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, and now we are one step closer to giving families relief from this collapsing law," House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement shortly after the vote. 

"That means we are one step closer to going from a government-centered system to a patient-centered system, where you have lower costs, more choices, and greater control over your care," he said. 

The bill, will now go to the House Budget Committee for consideration. 

ORIGINAL STORY: After nearly 18 hours of debate, the Republican Party's bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care act cleared its first hurdle, gaining approval from the House Ways and Means Committee.

The American Health Care Act took more than two dozen party-line votes before getting the committee's approval at roughly 4:30 a.m. Eastern time Thursday.

The Energy and Commerce Committee were still working on the bill as of about 6 a.m. Thursday.

The GOP's Obamacare replacement bill narrowly passed the House Budget Committee

WATCH | Here's the moment of the bill's vote.

Committee Republicans hailed the bill's approval on Twitter.

Democrats tried to change the bill in a number of ways, getting outvoted at every turn. Attempted amendments included language that would require President Trump to release his tax returns, prevent Republicans from restoring insurance companies' tax deductions for salaries above $500,000, and kicking people off coverage.

The American Medical Association, American Hospital Association and AARP all denounced the bill. Their support was considered key to the passage of Obamacare in 2010.

Discussion over the bill was often heated.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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