Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday took to Twitter to mock Senate Republicans for the process behind their ObamaCare repeal bill.
“BREAKING: Senate Republicans just released the schedule of hearings, committee markups and public testimony for their health care bill,” Sanders tweeted with a photo of a blank piece of paper.
BREAKING: Senate Republicans just released the schedule of hearings, committee markups and public testimony for their health care bill. pic.twitter.com/iHtXyZqyMW
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 12, 2017
A number of Democrats have criticized the Senate GOP for the handling of its healthcare reform legislation.
Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Del.) on Monday said there were big distinctions between the way Democrats handled passing ObamaCare in 2009 and the current GOP plan.
“When the Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act back in 2009, I wasn’t in the Senate, but there were hearings after hearings after hearings over a year before they came to the conclusion that they were going to have to pass the bill without Republicans,” Coons said on CNN’s “New Day.”
“The bill had Republican amendments taken up and voted on in committee hearings before it ultimately became law, but it’s a very different process than the closed-door process Republicans are following now.”
The Hill added:
“Senate Republicans have said there will be no committee hearings or markups for the bill, a major departure from the normal process of the Senate. The bill will instead go straight to the floor for a vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is aiming to hold a vote on the bill the last week of June, before the Fourth of July recess.”