“At some point we have to have a real conversation about returning to regular order,” Hatch said. “If it has not gone through the regular committee, it has not been vetted.”

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max BaucusMax BaucusTrump has yet to travel west as president Healthcare profiles in courage and cowardice OPINION | On Trump-Russia probe, don’t underestimate Sen. Chuck Grassley MORE (D-Mont.) objected to Hatch’s motion, saying it would delay the process. Lawmakers are working to avert the $85 billion automatic spending cuts set to take effect Friday.

“Time is of a premium and recommitting the bill will delay the matter for weeks if not months,” Baucus said.

Hatch said that because leaders draft these bills, committees have been cut out of the legislative process, damaging the process of open government.

“This place is not being run in regular order,” Hatch said. “The committees are being ignored.”

Hatch also suggested that lawmakers look at Sen. Tom CoburnTom CoburnAl Franken: 'I make fun of the people who deserved it' The more complex the tax code, the more the wealthy benefit Congress, stop using our nation's military policy for political purposes MORE's (R-Okla.) "Back in Black" report, which recommends $142 billion-worth of wasteful federal spending.