Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling for a meeting of the entire Senate next week to discuss healthcare, The Hill is reporting.
Schumer, in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said all senators should meet to discuss the healthcare legislation currently being drafted by the GOP.
About 12 Republicans senators have been meeting behind closed doors in an effort to come up with a healthcare bill.
But now Schumer wants some debate.
"Please accept our invitation to sit down together in the old Senate Chamber so we can hear your plans and discuss how to make healthcare more affordable and accessible," Schumer wrote to McConnell.
"We all owe it to our constituents to meet to discuss your potential legislation that would profoundly impact so many American lives.
"The U.S. Senate has long been considered the world’s greatest deliberative body and, as members of that body, we should each support open and robust debate. That is why we are dismayed at the reports that there will be no public hearings on your proposed changes to the American health care system."
At one point, Senate Republicans had hoped to vote on a bill before the July 4 recess, the Washington Examiner noted. But now, GOP lawmakers are skeptical of getting it through by then, the website noted.
"We need time to fully understand it," said Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. "I don't want to see us vote before the July 4 break. I think that would be too soon."
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