Monday, June 19, 2017
Senate Democrats can't stop Republicans from passing a health-care bill that guts the Affordable Care Act. ... But Democrats can grind the Senate to a virtual halt, and that's what they plan to do beginning Monday afternoon as they protest the GOP secretive push to revamp the nation's health-care system. Under the direction of Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Democrats will begin using parliamentary tactics to disrupt the ordinary business of the Senate, including blocking requests for unanimous consent to consider nominees and legislation and preventing committees from holding hearings that last longer than two hours. ... They'll disrupt ordinary business and hold the floor all night for speeches to protest the GOP's secretive attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act.
"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," Schumer said in a statement.
"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."
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