The GOP is upset that Democrats are using special rules to pass healthcare reform fixes with a simple majority of votes.
The procedural ambush, which caught Senate Democrats by surprise, is part of a multi-pronged protest of the healthcare reform bill that President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump floods the zone for 100-day anniversary Trump team did background check on Flynn, knew of Turkey ties: report Trump: 'I couldn't care less about golf' MORE signed into law on Tuesday.
Democratic chairmen had scheduled a Commerce Committee hearing on a national broadband plan, a Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, and a Homeland Security hearing on federal financial management.
On Monday evening, Republicans lost a parliamentary ruling they hoped would derail the reconciliation package that includes healthcare reform fixes and a student lending overhaul.
Senate Republicans say they will raise many more procedural objections against the bill and have expressed confidence that some of these points of order will be successful.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max BaucusMax BaucusChanging of the guard at DC’s top lobby firm GOP hasn’t reached out to centrist Dem senators Five reasons why Tillerson is likely to get through MORE (D-Mont.), however, said the sections of the bill that are most likely to be thrown out by the parliamentarian are so minor that “they’re not even worth mentioning.”