Will Senate Dems Shutdown Senate to Avoid TrumpCare Ram Through?
Amazing to compare and contrast Mitch McConnell’s pious outrage in 2009 over the ObamaCare process and what he’s doing now. He’s literally trying to ram it through with about one hour of debate.
“Look, we’ve been dealing with this issue for seven years,” said the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. “It’s not a new thing.”
“Mr. McConnell said there had been “gazillions of hearings on this subject” over the years — a less-than-precise tabulation that offered little comfort to Democrats who want hearings held now, in this particular year, on the contents of this particular bill.”
“In the summer of 2009, when Democratic members of Congress were defending their effort to remake the nation’s health care system, they were taunted by crowds chanting, “Read the bill, read the bill.”
“Now Democrats say they would love to read the Republicans’ repeal bill, but cannot do so because Republicans have not exposed their handiwork to public inspection.”
“They’re ashamed of the bill,” the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, said. “If they liked the bill, they’d have brass bands marching down the middle of small-town America saying what a great bill it is. But they know it isn’t.”
Then again, Greg Gianforte, when asked about TrumpCare, body slammed a reporter. Yes, that must be quite a bill. So how will the Democrats fight back?
Democrats to step up attacks on GOP’s Obamacare repeal effort
‘We are going to fight it every single step of the way,’ Sen. Patty Murray says.
“Senate Democrats are escalating their attack on Republicans’ plans to repeal Obamacare this week, though their party remains divided on how far to take activists’ demands that they shut down the Senate in protest of the GOP’s dismantling of the Affordable Care Act.”
“Democratic senators are planning to hold the Senate floor until at least midnight on Monday to thrash Senate Republicans for refusing to hold committee hearings on their healthcare overhaul, according to several people familiar with the plan. The round of speeches is being organized by Sens. Patty Murray of Washington state and Brian Schatz of Hawaii.”
“But on the more weighty question of whether to object to the GOP’s committee hearings or refusing to allow routine business in the Senate regarding nomination votes or uncontroversial matters, the party has made no final decision. While the party’s liberal wing is demanding that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and his team shut the Senate down, Schumer has made no decision and often tries to forge consensus in his caucus before executing party strategy.”
“Though several sources on the party’s left believe Schumer may be open to the idea, Democratic leaders have been resistant to procedural obstruction thus far. They believe blocking unrelated matters could shift the spotlight from Republicans’ secretive process to Democratic obstruction. And it could set expectations high among the party’s base that Democrats can stop the repeal, when in reality if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has the votes the party will be powerless to stop him.”
In interviews this week, Democratic senators were cagey about how far they would take their procedural warfare.
“I don’t know about shutting the Senate down. But I think you’re going to see some effort to highlight that this has never been done before,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).
“We are going to fight it every single step of the way,” Murray said. As far as grinding the Senate to a halt, she said it hasn’t been a focal point of discussion in the 48-member caucus.
Clearly there are pluses and minuses on both sides. I will note that the GOP never worried about this in the Obama years and they never paid any price.
Whether you do a full shutdown you have to make it hurt as much as possible for the GOP to complete this coup.
And some GOPers are concerned.
“As they draft legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republican leaders are aiming to transform large sections of the American health care system without a single hearing on their bill and without a formal, open drafting session.”
“That has created an air of distrust and concern — on and off Capitol Hill, with Democrats but also with Republicans.”
“I’ve said from Day 1, and I’ll say it again,” said Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee. “The process is better if you do it in public, and that people get buy-in along the way and understand what’s going on. Obviously, that’s not the route that is being taken.”
“The secrecy surrounding the Senate measure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is remarkable — at least for a health care measure this consequential.”
Marco Rubio also expressed reservations this morning:
Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday cautioned against fashioning health care legislation “behind closed doors” in the Senate and rushing it to the floor for a vote.
“The Senate is not a place where you can just cook up something behind closed doors and rush it for a vote on the floor,” the Florida Republican said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“Every camera in the world’s going to have to see what’s in it,” he said.
Rubio was responding to remarks from his colleague, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who took issue with the clunky process of moving a health care proposal in the Senate.
“I want to know exactly what’s in the Senate bill. It’s not a good process,” Johnson said recently.
Rubio added that while he doesn’t take issue with the ongoing meetings about new health-care legislation, the final version “cannot be rushed to the floor.”
“Ultimately,” he said, “we’re all going to see what’s in it.
Clearly TrumpCare is the will of the people.
P.S. So the Gravis poll against Peter King NY2 and it has good news-almost too good to believe.
In my March poll I trailed King by 11 and thought that was very good news. Now Gravis has me up by 10? Still, the moment of truth is next week when Gravis writes up the press release.
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