Democrats force postponement of committee hearings

Democrats are doubling down on their pledge to stall Senate business over the GOP's "secret" health care bill.

They invoked a rule on Tuesday that would force the postponement of several Senate committee hearings as they continued to blast Republicans for a lack of transparency from the Senate floor. That follows their pledge on Monday to use another procedural rule to slow-walk Senate floor business.

“As we’ve made clear to our Republican colleagues, if they continue to insist on ramming through a secret health care bill without any public input or debate, they shouldn’t expect business as usual in the Senate," Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York said in a statement. "Before passing a massive bill that will affect the lives of every single American, there ought to be a rigorous and robust debate in committees and a full debate on the floor.”

Senate Republicans are crafting their version of a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare behind closed doors, one the Senate could vote on as early as next week. The House passed its version in May.

Democrats are protesting the lack of committee hearings or debate on the bill. On the Senate floor Monday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky did not specifically answer Schumer when he asked whether Democrats would have more than 10 hours to review the bill. Instead, McConnell said there would be "ample opportunity" to read and amend the bill.

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