Schumer threatens to slow down Senate over ObamaCare repeal
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill Senate descends into hours-long fight over elections bill Biden to host Sinema for meeting on infrastructure proposal MORE (D-N.Y.) says Democrats are willing to jam up the Senate to stop the GOP's latest ObamaCare repeal bill. 

“We’re going to look at every possible way to slow this bill down," Schumer said during a Monday press conference. 

Mostly powerless to set the legislative agenda in the minority, Democrats have some delaying tactics at their disposal.

They've previously blocked congressional committees from meeting after the Senate was in session for two hours, for instance. They've also held the Senate floor over night in protest.


In July, Democrats required Republicans to read the text of any amendment they wanted to vote on as part of their failed ObamaCare repeal effort, which ate up hours of floor time. 

Schumer's statement Monday came after he and other party leaders called on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to provide a complete analysis of the latest ObamaCare repeal bill.

The CBO said the full scoring of the bill could take weeks. The office plans to release a preliminary assessment next week.

Republicans are eyeing an eleventh-hour attempt to repeal ObamaCare next week, with a bill from Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham warns about trying to 'drive' Trump from GOP: 'Half the people will leave' Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Lindsey Graham: 'In this fight it is clear — Israel is the good guy and Hamas is the bad' MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyBill CassidyUtah county GOP censures Romney over Trump impeachment vote Amazon blocks 10B listings in crackdown on counterfeits Cassidy on pipeline cyberattack: Congress must equip businesses with defenses against incursions MORE (R-La.) gaining momentum. 

But GOP leadership is facing a narrow path to passage. With a 52-seat majority, Republicans will need to win over at least 50 senators to let Vice President Pence break a tie. 

Several key members, including GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate votes to repeal OCC 'true lender' rule Top female GOP senator compares Cheney ousting to 'cancel culture' Utah county GOP censures Romney over Trump impeachment vote MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Utah county GOP censures Romney over Trump impeachment vote Bottom line MORE (Alaska) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Ex-McSally aide pleads guilty to stealing over 0K in campaign funds DOJ: Arizona recount could violate civil rights laws MORE (Ariz.), remain undecided.

But Republicans face a difficult choice, as the budgetary instructions for ObamaCare repeal expire on Sept. 30. Cassidy-Graham could be their last chance to get rid of the law before the 2018 midterm elections.