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Rand Paul Pushes Bill to Slow Down Obamacare Repeal

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By    |   Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017 07:30 PM

On the eve of Senate Republicans unveiling their version of a bill to replace Obamacare, Sen. Rand Paul has introduced a bill to slow down the process, The Hill reports.

The Kentucky Republican's "Read the Bills" proposal would require a vote for any bill to wait one day for every 20 pages before being brought up for a vote.

"Legislation is too often shoved through Congress without proper hearings, amendments, or debate, as the secrecy surrounding the Senate's healthcare bill and the pressure to vote for it with little time to fully evaluate the proposal once again remind us," Paul said in a prepared statement.

"If we are to answer to the American people, it is imperative we pay close attention to the legislation we pass," he said.

Paul's proposal has had little support in the past, and is unlikely to be taken up before the Senate votes on the Republican plan next week.

Reporters asked him on Tuesday whether he would have time to look over the bill before voting on it. Paul said it was a "big question."

"Healthcare is such an important thing. I think we should have debated it in open, in committee hearings, have both sides bring in witnesses," he said.

Other Republicans also have had issues with the secrecy surrounding the bill's crafting.

"What I've told leadership very clearly is I'm going to need time, and my constituents are going to need time to evaluate exactly how this is going to affect them, so I personally think that holding a vote on this next week would definitely be rushed," Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona said he has not yet seen the bill, and hasn't "met any American that has." But, he quipped, "I'm sure the Russians have been able to hack in and [have] gotten most of it."

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