Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Democrats are pulling an all-night protest against the secret GOP healthcare bill

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) said that Republicans "should be embarrassed" by the way that they have been trying to pass the bill.

And I think what this is, Kelly, is Democrats responding to the pressure they're getting from progressive activists who frankly wanted them to be more aggressive all along and that they've anxious that while Republicans have been moving forward with their health care bill, everyone's attention has been focused elsewhere, namely the Russian Federation investigations.

MCEVERS: How much sympathy do the Democrats have from Republicans in the Senate? In the House, conservatives have written to McConnell to express concern about reports that say the Senate may water down the House bill.

President Donald Trump wants to pass health care reform.

"It's not unusual, especially for a big bill like this. A process that has been conducted behind closed doors", Sen. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats might decide to bring the Senate as close to a standstill as its minority position allows them in a protest against the unprecedented secrecy with which Senate Republicans are proceeding. Happy Independence (From Having Health Insurance) Day, America.

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"If it is an effort to rush it from a small group of people, straight to the floor in an up or down vote, that would be a problem", the senator from Florida told CNN on Sunday.

McConnell is using closed-door meetings among Republicans to write the bill. We have not had one hearing, not one open discussion.

"When he says drain the swamp, it's not just about getting rid of all the crocodiles in the water that we don't need". Republicans are running out of time.

This raises the distinct possibility that Republican lawmakers go back to their districts for the summer recess empty-handed and with no significant achievements, with the exception of the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

The difference between his private negotiations and how Republicans are trying to move their bill through the Senate now is that the details of the entire Democratic bill and the language he was seeking were well-known to the public, Stupak said Monday.

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Three House committees voted on that chamber's version of the bill and there were a handful of hearings before the House approved a revised version of its legislation last month.

"This is a bill that would likely reorder one-sixth of the American economy and have life-and-death consequences for millions of Americans, and it's being discussed in secret with no committee hearings, no debate, no amendments, no input from the minority", he said.

Democrats held the Senate floor for several hours late Monday and promised to use procedural tactics to slow the Senate's work, to focus attention on the Republican effort. "Members are very, very familiar with this issue". "Thankfully at the end of the process the Senate will have a chance to turn the page on this failed law".

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