WASHINGTON, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to pass a bill next week to repeal President Barack Obama’s overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system, a senior party aide said on Monday, but the effort is widely expected to fail in the Senate.

The new Congress will convene on Wednesday with Republicans in control of the House after November’s midterm elections. They are set to move ahead with their campaign promise to try to rescind the new healthcare law, one of Obama’s signature legislative victories.

Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for incoming House Republican leader Eric Cantor, said the House plans to vote on legislation to repeal the healthcare law on Jan. 12.

“It will pass the House,” Dayspring said.

Although Republicans will control the House, 242-193, Obama’s Democrats retain control of the Senate by 53-47 and are likely to block any repeal of the healthcare law.

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