Groups launch 'people's filibuster' against GOP health bill

Groups launch 'people's filibuster' against GOP health bill
© Taylor Lorenz

More than a dozen groups opposing the Senate GOP's healthcare bill will hold a "people's filibuster" for two days on the lawn of the Capitol. 

Activists and Democratic lawmakers will speak out against the ObamaCare repeal bill Monday and Tuesday and possibly later in the week. 

The effort is organized by Planned Parenthood, which stands to lose federal funding for a year under the bill, along with, the Center for American Progress Action Fund and other groups. 

"We are here to tell Senate leadership that we will not stand for attacks on women's health,” Planned Parenthood National Organizing Director Kelley Robinson said in a statement Monday. 

“Planned Parenthood supporters will not rest, will not stop organizing, and will not stop speaking out against the worst bill for women’s health until the Senate votes no on TrumpCare."

The protests come as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellYou just can't keep good health policy down Trump threatens to veto omnibus over lack of wall funding, DACA fix Democrats desperate for a win hail spending bill MORE (R-Ky.) continues working to find the votes needed to pass the bill. 

Leaders were hopeful for a vote this week, but that has been put on hold as Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain asks Trump's CIA pick to explain ties to torture Petraeus: Haspel will explain actions in nomination hearing Afghanistan is our longest war ever and Congress has abandoned all responsibility MORE (R-Ariz.) recovers from an emergency surgery. 

Activists hope to seize on the delay and put pressure on Republican holdouts who have expressed concerns about the bill's Medicaid cuts and rollback of ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion. 

Nearly a dozen Democratic lawmakers and activists will speak at the filibuster over the next two days, including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFox News host Watters says spending bill was 'huge defeat' for Trump Amtrak to rename Rochester station after Louise Slaughter Conscience protections for health-care providers should be standard MORE (N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.).

There could also be more arrests this week as at least 200 people plan to "occupy" the offices of Republican senators Wednesday as part of a separate effort. 

These protests are led by the Center for Popular Democracy, Housing Works and other groups. 

The groups say 140 people have already been arrested in previous protests at the Capitol.