“Radical departure from normal procedure on a bill of such effect”, Schumer announced from the floor, “leaves the Senate minority little choice but to depart from normal procedure as well”.
“I ask unanimous consent that calendar number 120, H.R. 1628 be referred to the Committee on Finance for the objective of conducting a public hearing”, Democratic Sen.
US Democrats furious with Republican secrecy brought Senate business to a standstill yesterday, launching an hours-long protest against President Donald Trump’s party crafting a back-room Obamacare repeal plan and refusing to hold public hearings about it.
McConnell’s office said they had no comment regarding the Democrats’ plan.
“The Senate is working in secret and rushing to pass a bill”, said Robert Restuccia, executive director of the group. The AHCA was roundly criticized for going too far in cutting crucial services that would largely affect poor and elderly Americans.
There were private talks between Reid and then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., after the late Sen. McConnell wants a Senate vote before the chamber leaves town for a July 4 recess, giving Democrats scant opportunity to rally resistance against a major bill whose contents are unknown.
Sensing that the unpopular GOP bill could give them an advantage in 2018, Democrats will contrast how their approach to passing Obamacare differed from how Republicans are treating their legislation.
Using a series of parliamentary procedures “to highlight the difference between the open process used to pass the Affordable Care Act and the process Republicans are pursuing now”.
Even without outside pressure, Senate Republicans have struggled to coalesce around an Obamacare replacement bill, with moderates and conservatives in the party pushing in different directions.
During a White House meeting this week, Trump privately told Senate Republicans that the House bill was “mean“. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter to Republican committee chairs with jurisdiction over Trumpcare requesting that they “schedule hearings to discuss, debate and hear testimony about the health care bill you are now drafting in secret”. That way, they can sit in a room and hash out a new healthcare bill.
They wrote that Democrats, by comparison, held about 100 hearings and meetings, accepted more than 150 amendments sponsored or cosponsored by GOP senators and spent 25 days in floor debate during the drafting of the Affordable Care Act. The resulting legislation would likely throw millions out of health insurance, he said, while granting “a big fat tax break for the wealthiest among us”.
Now, Mitch McConnell is trying to shepherd a health care bill to the finish line in 2017.
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