Senate majority whip: Healthcare debate will be 'open process'

Senate majority whip: Healthcare debate will be 'open process'
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Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynTrump launches all-out assault on Mueller probe Senators who have felt McCain's wrath talk of their respect for him Senate heads to new healthcare vote with no clear plan MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday that the debate over the Senate's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare will be “an open process.”

“This is going to be an open process where anybody on the Democratic side or the Republican side can offer an amendment and it will get a vote,” Cornyn said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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Cornyn, a member of GOP leadership, said if the current legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare does not pass, then lawmakers will “keep trying.”

“But at some point, if Democrats won’t participate in the process, then we’re going to have to come up with a different plan,” he added.

The majority whip also said on Sunday the upper chamber will move forward with the healthcare debate once Sen. John McCainJohn McCainManchin bashes GOP candidate for pushing McCain to resign McCain’s primary challenger asks him to step aside after diagnosis Sen. McCain goes on hike after cancer diagnosis MORE (R-Ariz.) returns to Congress from his surgery. 

“I believe as soon as we have a full contingent of senators that we’ll have that vote," Cornyn said. "It’s important we do so.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellCruz: Tax reform chances ‘drop significantly’ if healthcare fails Parliamentarian deals setback to GOP repeal bill OPINION | How Democrats stole the nation's lower federal courts MORE (R-Ky.) late Saturday announced that he will delay consideration of the bill while McCain recovers.

Two GOP senators last week said they will oppose the motion to proceed on revised legislation.