Constituents lobby GOP senators on healthcare at July Fourth celebrations
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Constituents took advantage of Fourth of July celebrations to lobby Republican senators on healthcare, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The holiday was one of the few opportunities constituents had to publicly address lawmakers about healthcare, a topic that has dominated the legislative agenda in recent weeks.

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback The Memo: Concern over shutdown grows in Trump World Overnight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal MORE (R-Maine) said she heard constituents asking her if she’ll vote for the Republican bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

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“I heard, over and over again, encouragement for my stand against the current version of the Senate and House healthcare bills,” Collins told the Post. “People were thanking me, over and over again. ‘Thank you, Susan!’ ‘Stay strong, Susan!’ ”

 

Collins was one of several GOP senators who said she would block the first draft of the legislation from moving forward.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Senate to take up Trump's border-immigration plan next week Trump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science MORE (R-Texas) both faced protesters at events they were holding in their home states, according to the Post.

Cruz told the Texas Tribune that the protesters were “a small group of people on the left who right now are very angry.” McConnell largely avoided the crowd as it was blocked from entering the event he was attending, but he called ObamaCare “a disaster” in a video from the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTrump’s shifting Cabinet to introduce new faces Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 Progressive strategist says changing demographics will help Dems MORE (R-Nev.), who has openly opposed the first draft of the legislation, was met at a parade in his home state by constituents who were urging him to vote for the new bill, according to the Post.

And Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback The Memo: Concern over shutdown grows in Trump World Kaine to force Senate to hold rare Saturday session amid shutdown MORE (R-Alaska), who has also criticized the bill, reportedly faced dozens of constituent questions about healthcare as she walked in a local parade.

“Most people don’t ask ‘for or against,’ ” Murkowski told the Post. “They just say, ‘Make sure you’re taking care of our interests.’ In fairness for those that do the ‘for or against,’ everybody is pretty much [saying] they don’t think this is good for us.”