Dem: 'No reason' why Republicans can't hold hearings on healthcare bill

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenBiden pushes back at Democrats on taxes Want a clean energy future? Look to the tax code Democrats brace for toughest stretch yet with Biden agenda MORE (D-Ore.) said Monday that Republicans should hold public hearings now that consideration of the Senate GOP's healthcare bill has been delayed.

"There is absolutely no reason now for the Republicans not to schedule public hearings on this legislation," Wyden said on MSNBC.

"We ought to bring the American people into this debate and certainly there's no excuse now for not having open public hearings."

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Wyden was further pressed on whether he actually believes members of the GOP would hold hearings on the legislation.

"I don't see how you make a logical case that for a bill of this import, that you keep the public locked out," he said.

"So you bet, we're going to push hard for it and with the delay, there's no logical argument for not bringing the public into this discussion."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump seeking challenger to McConnell as Senate GOP leader: report Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' Buckle up for more Trump, courtesy of the Democratic Party MORE (R-Ky.) announced Saturday that the Senate would delay its consideration of the healthcare bill while Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden falters in pledge to strengthen US alliances 20 years after 9/11, US foreign policy still struggles for balance What the chaos in Afghanistan can remind us about the importance of protecting democracy at home MORE (R-Ariz.) recovers from surgery.

Two GOP senators have already spoken out against the revised healthcare bill