Schumer threatens to slow down Senate over ObamaCare repeal
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law | Michigan governor seeks to pause Medicaid work requirements | New front in fight over Medicaid block grants House, Senate Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law Why a second Trump term and a Democratic Congress could be a nightmare scenario for the GOP 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 GrahamGOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties GOP senator blocks Armenian genocide resolution Hannity slams Stern for Clinton interview: 'Not the guy I grew up listening to' MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senators unveil bill to expand 'opportunity zone' reporting requirements Lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to allow new parents to advance tax credits Overnight Health Care: Crunch time for Congress on surprise medical bills | CDC confirms 47 vaping-related deaths | Massachusetts passes flavored tobacco, vaping products ban 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 CollinsHere are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump Giffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick Senate confirms eight Trump court picks in three days MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiHere are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump Senate confirms eight Trump court picks in three days The Hill's Morning Report - Dem impeachment report highlights phone records MORE (Alaska) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMan acquitted over tweet offering 0 to killing an ICE agent Lessons of the Kamala Harris campaign Overnight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases 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.