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 CollinsTransit funding, broadband holding up infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - Infrastructure vote fails; partisan feud erupts over Jan. 6 panel Senate falling behind on infrastructure 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 McConnellHouse Democrats grow frustrated as they feel ignored by Senate Democrats question GOP shift on vaccines Has Trump beaten the system? MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia next week Here's evidence the Senate confirmation process is broken 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 HellerDemocrat Jacky Rosen becomes 22nd senator to back bipartisan infrastructure deal 9 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022 On The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare 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 MurkowskiWhy Biden's Interior Department isn't shutting down oil and gas Biden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor 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.”