Senate majority whip: Healthcare debate will be 'open process'

Senate majority whip: Healthcare debate will be 'open process'
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Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynSkepticism grows over Friday deadline for coronavirus deal Republicans uncomfortably playing defense Negotiators hit gas on coronavirus talks as frustration mounts MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday that the debate over the Senate's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare will be “an open process.”

“This is going to be an open process where anybody on the Democratic side or the Republican side can offer an amendment and it will get a vote,” Cornyn said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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Cornyn, a member of GOP leadership, said if the current legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare does not pass, then lawmakers will “keep trying.”

“But at some point, if Democrats won’t participate in the process, then we’re going to have to come up with a different plan,” he added.

The majority whip also said on Sunday the upper chamber will move forward with the healthcare debate once Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Mark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Prominent conservatives question Jerry Falwell Jr. vacation photo MORE (R-Ariz.) returns to Congress from his surgery. 

“I believe as soon as we have a full contingent of senators that we’ll have that vote," Cornyn said. "It’s important we do so.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellNegotiators remain far apart on coronavirus deal as deadline looms States begin removing Capitol's Confederate statues on their own Skepticism grows over Friday deadline for coronavirus deal MORE (R-Ky.) late Saturday announced that he will delay consideration of the bill while McCain recovers.

Two GOP senators last week said they will oppose the motion to proceed on revised legislation.