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 CornynLawmakers feel pressure on guns Kasich’s campaign website tones down gun language after Florida shooting Murphy: Trump’s support for background check bill shows gun politics ‘shifting rapidly’ 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.”

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 Sidney McCainLawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology Democrats put Dreamers and their party in danger by playing hardball Trump set a good defense budget, but here is how to make it better 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 McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure 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.