January 11–12, 2017: Senate, in an all-night session, took first steps to repeal the
Affordable Care Act, (ACA). The final vote was 51 to 48 to approve a budget resolution to allow "broad swaths of the Affordable Care Act to be repealed through a process known as
February 7, 2017: The Vice President cast the tie-breaking vote to confirm
Betsy DeVos as
Secretary of Education. This was the first time in United States history that a cabinet confirmation was tied in the Senate and required a tie-breaking vote.