Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Monday that Democrats would be utilizing new tactics in order to protest the Senate health care bill from the Republicans.
Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) called it a “quintuple red alert.”
Senator @ChrisMurphyCT declared a "quintuple red alert" on Senate health care bill tonight in hallway.
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) June 20, 2017
“Radical departure from normal procedure on a bill of such consequence,” Schumer announced from the floor, “leaves the Senate minority little choice but to depart from normal procedure as well.”
“Starting this evening,” he added, “Democrats will begin objecting to all unanimous consent requests in the Senate, save for honorary resolutions. We will seek, in as many ways as we can, in as many times as we can, to refer the House-passed health care bill to committee. Where it can be vetted, debated and amended in the open, for the American people to see, as is their right.”
“And tonight Democrats will hold the floor late into the evening in a series of speeches to highlight just how unprecedented this process is,” he continued. “If Republicans are not going to allow debate on their bill on the floor or in committee, Democrats will make opportunities to debate.”
“And these are merely the first steps we’re prepared to take in order to shine a light on the shameful TrumpCare bill, and reveal to the public the GOP’s backroom deal-making,” he concluded.
Schumer: The GOP’s “radical departure from normal procedure” leaves Democrats “little choice but to depart from normal procedure as well.” pic.twitter.com/UP83nn1kd9
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 19, 2017
Democrats began tweeting under the hashtag “show us the bill” to protest the secrecy they perceive the Senate health care bill is being crafted beneath.
— Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) June 19, 2017
A Senate historian says that you have to go back to World War I to find an example of such a secret process for major bill. #ShowUsTheBill
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) June 19, 2017
RT to tell Senate GOP you want hearings on a bill that could cut off your access to health care & impact 1/6 of our economy #ShowUsTheBill
— Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) June 19, 2017
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) June 19, 2017
Health care is the most important expenditure in our lives. Writing a bill in secret is unprecedented & irresponsible #ShowUsTheBIll
— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) June 19, 2017
House Republicans narrowly passed their version of an Obamacare replacement bill, but President Trump has since soured on the legislation, which he reportedly later called “mean” and a vulgar term in a meeting with Republican members of Congress. Senate Republicans said they would start from scratch and author their own health care bill, but the secretive process under which they’re doing so has caused much consternation among Democrats.