Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) on Wednesday raised doubt on whether he would vote for the Republican healthcare bill next week, questioning the strategy of rushing it without reading and evaluating it.
“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,” Johnson said on CNN. “I can’t imagine, quite honestly, that I’d have the information to evaluate and justify a yes vote within just a week.”
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The Hill added:
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to unveil a discussion draft of a bill on Thursday and then hold a vote next week. A range of GOP senators have said they would have liked a more open process with more time to review the bill.
Johnson is one of the first to say that he might actually vote against the bill because of a lack of time to review it.”
“I’ve told [McConnell], unless I have the input from my constituents, unless I have got the information I need to justify a yes vote, I won’t be voting yes,” Johnson said.
“What I want to do is I want to fully vet it in the public,” he added. “I want to make sure that my constituents have enough time to provide input.”
Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) warned his Republican colleagues in the Senate on Wednesday against crafting their healthcare reform bill behind closed doors, saying that doing so makes it look like they’re “trying to hide something.”
“Listen, there has to be private meetings all the time, but I think there should be more public debate on it,” King said in an interview on “LI in the AM” radio in New York highlighted by CNN.
“It looks like they’re trying to hide something and it does add to conspiracy theories and everything else,” he added.