Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) blasted Republicans on Monday evening for writing their Obamacare repeal bill in secret behind closed doors.
“So I say to the Republican leadership: What are you afraid of? Bring that bill out,” Sanders said from the Senate floor.
Sanders added that GOP senators “should be embarrassed” by the secretive process to repeal and replace Obamacare, demanding lawmakers to have a “series of hearings.”
“It should tell you something that major, major legislation is being written at this moment and most Republicans don’t have a clue what’s in that legislation,” he said.
The Hill added:
“Sanders’s speech comes as Democrats are taking over the Senate floor on Monday evening to protest the GOP’s closed-door effort, with Republicans expected to force a vote on legislation as soon as next week.
Sanders, like other Democratic senators, compared the months of public haggling over the Affordable Care Act to the current legislative effort, in which GOP senators are discussing their forthcoming proposal during a string of closed-door meetings.”
“I find it amazing that those same Republicans seem to think it’s OK for legislation to be written behind closed doors and not have one single committee hearing,” Sanders said.
Sanders urged every Democratic senator to fight “in an unprecedented way” to help stop the GOP healthcare bill.
“Our job right now is to make sure that this disastrous Republican proposal never sees the light of day,” he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) defended the GOP process earlier on Monday, saying there would be an “open amendment process.”
“I think we’ll have ample opportunity to read and amend the bill,” McConnell said.