MCEVERS: And McConnell says he wants a vote on this bill before the July 4 congressional recess. Republicans are writing their bill “under the cover of darkness because they’re ashamed of it”, he said. Democratic senators will also make floor speeches late Monday on the subject.
For all of the finger pointing from Democrats about Republicans meeting in secret on health care, let’s not forget that Congress often operates behind closed doors when forging the final details of major legislation – and health care is no different.
Senate Democrats have used the same procedural tactic to slow confirmation votes for several of President Donald Trump’s nominations, though they were unable to block them entirely.
The initiative comes amid a broader push by allied advocacy groups to try to pressure Republican senators not to vote for the bill, which aims to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
“These are merely the first steps we’re prepared to take in order to shine a light on this shameful Trumpcare bill and reveal to the public the GOP’s true intentions: to give the uber-wealthy a tax break while making middle class Americans pay more for less health care coverage”. In the House of Representatives, conservatives wrote to McConnell about media reports on the Senate’s work. But GOP aides say Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is eager to move on past the health care issue and is charging ahead with a vote despite the uncertainty surrounding whether it could pass.
Objecting to all unanimous-consent requests. Members of the Democratic base have expressed concern that Republicans are moving forward with their health care bill while attention has been focused elsewhere – namely on the Russian Federation investigations. So for now, there are no high stakes committee meetings where the hallways are jammed with lobbyists and reporters; instead, this GOP effort in the Senate is focused on 13 Senators of one party, meeting in the Capitol, trying to forge that agreement.
Schumer and other Democrats called for the Senate to agree unanimously agree to send the health care bill through the hearing process, in which members from both parties could debate the bill publicly before it is brought to the Senate floor for a vote.
Policy differences aside, there are some procedural obstacles to quick Senate action on health care, most notably the need for a CBO score and Senate parliamentarian rulings.
A McConnell spokesman said on Monday he had no scheduling updates to provide.
When asked whether McConnell would put the legislation on the floor even if it were to fail, Burr said, “Sure, that’s what he said”. A small group of Republican senators has been working in private for weeks, shielding from public view the bill and the negotiations surrounding it. He can lose no more than two GOP votes for a bill to pass. But Democrats will at least temporarily test the political impact of adding to those obstacles, beginning tonight and tomorrow, according to a Senate aide who spoke to HuffPost’s Sam Stein.