Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphySenators weigh traveling amid coronavirus ahead of Memorial Day Congress eyes changes to small business pandemic aid Top Democrat to introduce bill to limit Trump's ability to fire IGs MORE (D-Conn.) on Friday poked fun at a frenzy surrounding a forthcoming House GOP ObamaCare replacement bill, urging Republicans to instead work with Democrats. 
Murphy said there was "quite a scene" as reporters trailed Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks Tim Kaine tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies Trump urges GOP to vote against bill reauthorizing surveillance powers MORE (R-Ky.) through the Capitol as he tried to find a draft of the forthcoming legislation. 
“Why this spectacle?" Murphy asked in weekly Democratic address. “Because Republicans are keeping their proposal secret — even from their own members and staff." 

Paul and House Democrats grabbed headlines as they searched the Capitol for a copy of the House bill, which the House Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to mark up next week.


Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) pushed back against accusations of a cloak-and-danger routine, arguing the committee is going through the "regular process of keeping its members up to speed."

But Murphy floated on Friday that the reason Republicans are waiting to publicly release the bill is because they are worried about backlash. 

"Maybe it’s no surprise that Republicans are hiding this bill," he said. "I mean, think about it this way — politicians love praise and cameras. If Washington Republicans thought their plan would get praise, they’d let in the cameras."

No Democrats are expected to back ObamaCare repeal, arguing the move will negatively impact millions of Americans. Murphy said Republicans should work with Democrats to fix the healthcare law. 

Republican can use "reconciliation" to pass a repeal bill with only a simple majority, but they will need at least 60 votes — including the support of at least 8 Democrats — to pass a replacement proposal. 

Though Republicans are hoping to pass ObamaCare repeal by early April, Murphy argued that "it's not too late" for lawmakers to work on a bipartisan bill. 

“I might never find that secret room where the health care bill is, but Republicans know where to find me, if they want to stop playing politics, and start working together," Murphy said.