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

Sen. Ron WydenRon WydenGAO looking into improper HHS healthcare tweets Overnight Tech: Trump touts new Wisconsin electronics plant | Lawmakers to unveil email privacy bill | Facebook funds group fighting election hacks Overnight Finance: House votes to repeal arbitration rule | Yellen, Cohn on Trump's list for Fed chief | House passes Russia sanctions deal | GOP centrists push back on border wall funding 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 McConnellMitch McConnellSenate heading for late night ahead of ObamaCare repeal showdown Live Coverage: Senate edges close to passing scaled-down ObamaCare repeal Demonstrators gather outside Capitol to protest GOP ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Ky.) announced Saturday that the Senate would delay its consideration of the healthcare bill while Sen. John McCainJohn McCainSenate heading for late night ahead of ObamaCare repeal showdown Live Coverage: Senate edges close to passing scaled-down ObamaCare repeal Two GOP senators back ObamaCare repeal after Ryan call MORE (R-Ariz.) recovers from surgery.

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