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 CollinsState aid emerges as major hurdle to reviving COVID-19 talks Senators ask for removal of tariffs on EU food, wine, spirits: report Coronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority 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 McConnellTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill No signs of breakthrough for stalemated coronavirus talks State aid emerges as major hurdle to reviving COVID-19 talks MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSens. Markey, Cruz clash over coronavirus relief: 'It's not a goddamn joke Ted' China sanctioning Rubio, Cruz in retaliatory move over Hong Kong The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Negotiators signal relief bill stuck, not dead 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 HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play 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 MurkowskiOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire Hillicon Valley: Facebook removes Trump post | TikTok gets competitor | Lawmakers raise grid safety concerns 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.”