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

Senate majority whip: Healthcare debate will be 'open process'
© Greg Nash

Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynNew GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Week ahead: Senators near deal to stabilize ObamaCare markets GOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts 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 Sidney McCainSenate's defense authorization would set cyber doctrine Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions 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 McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea 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.