Democrats to halt Senate business in health care protest

Denouncing GOP's 'War on Women,' Nationwide Sit-Ins Target Trumpcare

Denouncing GOP's 'War on Women,' Nationwide Sit-Ins Target Trumpcare

Protesters will "occupy the offices of Senator Bill Cassidy, Senator Susan Collins, Senator Dean Heller, Senator Rob Portman, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Tom Cotton, and Senator Cory Gardner" to "argue that the Republican healthcare plan would be catastrophic for Americans-kicking more than 23 million people off of their health insurance, making it harder for people with pre-existing conditions to get coverage, and undermining the health of women across the country", UltraViolet said in a statement.

McConnell is trying to keep the pressure off the many Republican senators who have offered pledges of varying degrees of specificity to protect Medicaid and other aspects of the ACA that benefit their constituents.

Businesses are watching closely as Senate Republicans try to hash out a deal on a GOP version of health-care reform to replace the Affordable Care Act.

But it also took on a more sober tone. They also must navigate abortion policy. Some Republicans are admitting that any effort to open up would simply provide an opportunity for Democrats to criticize the bill.

The clock is ticking. "Republicans are drafting this bill in secret because they're ashamed of it, plain and simple".

More than a dozen left-leaning organizing groups are joining forces to lead a national "day of action" next month against the Republican plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act.

"What I'm telling them is if they get to an impasse, come talk to me because I am more than willing to vote for a partial repeal if I can't get complete repeal, but I'm not willing to vote for new Republican entitlement programs", Paul said. He said his group is targeting 11 Senate Republicans, including Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Dean Heller of Nevada, Rob Portman of OH and Collins and Murkowski. Democrats plan to object to all requests for unanimous consent and they plan to make their own consent requests to move the health care negotiations into committee where the conversation can take place publicly. If McConnell puts a bill on the Senate floor using the fast-track process to avoid a filibuster, they want Democrats to delay debate by offering numerous amendments.

This process defies two centuries of Senate tradition that says the upper chamber is the statesmanlike brake on the passions of the more raucous House.

Senators Chuck Schumer, Ron Wyden, Patty Murray, and Bernie Sanders all signed off on the letter, which listed 31 rooms in which relevant committees could hold hearings.

Wyden of OR complained that even his committee's chairman, Orrin Hatch of Utah, was being "cut out" of discussions and that the process had become a "charade". The Senate Finance Committee alone held 53 hearings and meetings about the bill.

Rubio indicated that Senate Republicans will need to work on revising the bill together; the won't simply accept and vote on McConnell's draft. The CBO is a non-partisan piece of Congress that studies the impacts of legislation. It won't continue progress toward health-care coverage for all Americans made under Obamacare, but will do considerable harm. It's unlikely to receive support from any Democrats.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.