Five months into Trump’s presidency, many of his campaign promises and the Republican Party’s goals-with an elected majority in both houses-seem to have taken a backseat to multiple ongoing federal investigations into the Trump campaign and Russia’s meddling in last year’s election.
A spokesman for McConnell declined to comment.
But if three Republican senators “say this is the wrong way to pass legislation”, and that it should instead be done on a more open basis, that could stop the Senate’s version of the American Health Care plan from passing.
Tuesday afternoon will be a critical moment for the fate of the Senate health care bill.
According to multiple Democratic aides, Schumer and other Democrats will use Trump’s remarks – which were largely overshadowed by the shooting of a congressman and four others last week at an Alexandria baseball practice – during Senate floor speeches, on social media and at press events throughout the week.
“The Senate will soon have a chance to turn the page on this failed law”, said the Kentucky Republican, adding GOP senators have had “many productive discussions” on the measure and “we have to act, and we are”. Bernie Sanders. “So I say to the Republican leadership, what are you afraid of?”
This quote arrived in October 2009 after several hearings on the ACA with Democratic attempts to actively include GOP Senators Olympia Snowe and Chuck Grassley. Senate Republicans are expected to ease some of its cuts to Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, and make other changes.
As Democrats prepared for battle over the Senate bill, conservative House Republicans planned to send a letter to McConnell warning against letting the legislation get too moderate if he wants to keep support from the House after it passed the Senate.
Schumer said the senators would continue to make moves aimed at stalling Senate work, such as objecting to requests on noncontroversial items that are usually passed quickly.
All that most lawmakers and the public have to work on is the House version. They unanimously oppose the GOP bill but lack the votes to defeat it.
There is no finalized bill yet and no guarantee that Republicans will have the 50 votes needed to pass the legislation – in a 50-50 split, Vice President Mike Pence providing the tie-breaking vote.
The timing of the vote means there will be zero congressional hearings that allow experts to vet the bill, and the public will have less than a week to read and digest legislation that will impact roughly one-sixth of the U.S. GDP. “I think there is”.
“We’ve been debating Obamacare’s failures and what to do about them for so many years now”, McConnell said Monday on the Senate floor.
Asked whether he has seen the bill, Arizona Republican John McCain said on Tuesday: “No, nor have I met any American that has”. They hope that once that’s done, people won’t see much point in learning about the details and holding Republicans accountable.
Democrats charge Republicans haven’t hit the target the HELP committee and accuse them of using budgetary tricks.
Schumer repeated the “25 days” statistic, arguing that despite the fact that Obamacare was partisan, “we still had the courage to have the debate on the floor”.
“There’s only one reason why Republicans are doing this: They’re ashamed of their bill”, said Schumer on Monday.