Schumer threatens to slow down Senate over ObamaCare repeal
© Greg Nash

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Voting rights week for Democrats (again) Kelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race Hundreds attend mass funeral for victims of Bronx apartment building fire 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 GrahamKyrsten Sinema's courage, Washington hypocrisy and the politics of rage Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two McConnell will run for another term as leader despite Trump's attacks MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyBill Cassidy​​Democrats make voting rights push ahead of Senate consideration Sunday shows - Voting rights legislation dominates GOP senator knocks Biden for 'spreading things that are untrue' in voting rights speech 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 Collins'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act Voting rights, Trump's Big Lie, and Republicans' problem with minorities More than 30 million families to lose child tax credit checks starting this weekend MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann Murkowski​​Democrats make voting rights push ahead of Senate consideration Clyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' The fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump MORE (Alaska) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainKelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race Voting rights, Trump's Big Lie, and Republicans' problem with minorities Sinema, Manchin curb Biden's agenda 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.