Dem: 'No reason' why Republicans can't hold hearings on healthcare bill

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenLobbying World Overnight Regulation: House to vote on repealing joint-employer rule | EPA won't say which areas don't meet Obama smog rule | Lawmakers urge regulators to reject Perry plan New tax plan will hinder care for older Americans MORE (D-Ore.) said Monday that Republicans should hold public hearings now that consideration of the Senate GOP's healthcare bill has been delayed.

"There is absolutely no reason now for the Republicans not to schedule public hearings on this legislation," Wyden said on MSNBC.

"We ought to bring the American people into this debate and certainly there's no excuse now for not having open public hearings."

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Wyden was further pressed on whether he actually believes members of the GOP would hold hearings on the legislation.

"I don't see how you make a logical case that for a bill of this import, that you keep the public locked out," he said.

"So you bet, we're going to push hard for it and with the delay, there's no logical argument for not bringing the public into this discussion."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell expects Paul to return to Senate next week Former Hill staff calls for mandatory harassment training Gaming the odds of any GOP tax bill getting signed into law MORE (R-Ky.) announced Saturday that the Senate would delay its consideration of the healthcare bill while Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore GOP strategist: 'There needs to be a repudiation' of Roy Moore by Republicans World leaders reach agreement on trade deal without United States: report MORE (R-Ariz.) recovers from surgery.

Two GOP senators have already spoken out against the revised healthcare bill