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Democrats to halt Senate business in health care protest

Democrats to halt Senate business in health care protest

But getting full support from Senate leaders and rank-and-file members to cancel the recess - an nearly perennial request - is unlikely, several Capitol Hill sources told Fox News on Monday. They're also under enormous pressure to move as the Trump White House seeks a legislative win and the clock ticks on other priorities, from tax reform to funding the government and lifting the debt ceiling. And they delivered speech after speech after speech. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY on Monday evening renewed his request to McConnell for a meeting of all senators on health care.

The Senate Minority Leader added "If Republicans won't relent and debate their health care bill in the open for the American people to see, then they shouldn't expect business as usual in the Senate".

MCEVERS: And McConnell says he wants a vote on this bill before the July 4 congressional recess.

They are also soliciting stories from ordinary citizens as part of the effort to push back on the initiative backed by Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers seeking re-election next year "will reap the whirlwind" once voters learn about the legislation.

The Republican effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has led to a standoff in the Senate.




Indivisible, a progressive advocacy group, is urging its members to ask Democratic senators to "resist through procedure" by blocking routine committee hearings or filibustering on the Senate floor. "My understanding is that it will be brought forth just immediately before we have to vote on it".

Senate Democrats, in taking action Monday, are inserting themselves into a process that has excluded them by design.

Senate Republicans have said they have no plans to publicly release the draft health care bill.

"I think we'll have ample opportunity to read and amend the bill", McConnell answered each time. It remains unclear if he'll be able to write legislation that will attract enough votes. "Thankfully, at the end of this process, the Senate will finally have a chance to turn the page on this failed law". This could slow Senate operations by forcing the Republican majority to hold additional procedural votes in order to move ahead. Rep. Greg Walden of OR, who helped shepherd the party's health-care overhaul bill through the House last month, sat down with Louise Radnofsky, The Wall Street Journal's White House reporter, to offer his take on where the effort stands.

Republicans have held no committee meetings or votes on the measure, which McConnell is trying to produce from numerous private meetings among GOP senators.


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