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

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenWeek ahead: Senate takes up surveillance bill This week: Time running out for Congress to avoid shutdown Senate Finance Dems want more transparency on trade from Trump 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."

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 McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.) announced Saturday that the Senate would delay its consideration of the healthcare bill while Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Meghan McCain says her father regrets opposition to MLK Day MORE (R-Ariz.) recovers from surgery.

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