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

Senate majority whip: Healthcare debate will be 'open process'
© Greg Nash

Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynWhite House trying to beat back bipartisan Cornyn infrastructure amendment Senate GOP shifts focus to fight over Biden's .5 trillion budget McConnell warns Schumer cutting off debate quickly could stall infrastructure deal 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 McCainMeghan McCain to produce 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear An August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Meghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' 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 McConnellOn The Money: Trump asks court to block release of tax returns to Congress | Private sector adds 330K jobs in July, well short of expectations Senate panel advances first three spending bills McConnell lays out GOP demands for government-funding 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.