Senate Dems mull slowdown to protest GOP health plan: report

Senate Dems mull slowdown to protest GOP health plan: report
© Greg Nash

Senate Democrats are considering a strategy to slow down the chamber's business next week in an effort to protest Republicans' healthcare push, CNN reported Saturday.

Part of that plan includes using aggressive parliamentary maneuvers that would bar committees from meeting for more than two hours and other roadblocks that would ultimately hamper the Senate's efforts to schedule votes.

The reported strategizing comes amid a swift push by Republican lawmakers to pass a healthcare reform bill by the end of the month. That plan has been slammed by Democrats – and some Republicans – who have argued that the measure has so far been shrouded in secrecy.

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The bill would likely alter large parts of the country's healthcare system, but Senate GOP leaders have mostly crafted it behind closed doors, leaving many lawmakers concerned and wary of what it could include.

CNN reported that Senate Democrats could call for an open process for consideration of the healthcare bill as part of their parliamentary protest.

It is not yet clear, however, if Democrats will move forward with the plan. One source told CNN that Democrats might decide against such hardline maneuvers, because of the air of bipartisanship that has emerged among lawmakers in the wake of a Wednesday shooting at a baseball practice for GOP lawmakers.

Four victims were shot in the attack, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who remains in critical condition.