Democratic senators are reigniting their calls to fight against another Republican health-care push that aims to repeal and replace ObamaCare after reports surfaced that President Trump and GOP leaders are working to garner support for legislation introduced by Sens. Bill CassidyBill CassidyHouse passes bill to prevent shutdown and suspend debt limit Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid Sunday shows - Boosters in the spotlight MORE (R-La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Ohio Republican tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case Trump lawyer offered six-point plan for Pence to overturn election: book MORE (R-S.C.).
Prominent upper-chamber lawmakers like Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBipartisan senators to hold hearing on 'toxic conservatorships' amid Britney Spears controversy Senate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam White House faces increased cries from allies on Haitian migrants MORE (D-Mass.), Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam Republicans caught in California's recall trap F-35 fighter jets may fall behind adversaries, House committee warns MORE (D-Calif.) and Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphySenators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State Tell our troops: 'Your sacrifice wasn't in vain' Sunday shows preview: Bombing in Kabul delivers blow to evacuation effort; US orders strikes on ISIS-K MORE (D-Conn.) are taking to Twitter to make impassioned calls for voters to speak up and demonstrate their opposition to the bill.
"Drop what you are doing to start calling, start showing up, start descending on DC," Murphy tweeted Sunday.
This is happening. Drop what you are doing to start calling, start showing up, start descending on DC. Game on. https://t.co/WrNVAhXTcJ— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) September 17, 2017
"I'm alarmed," Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzHotel workers need a lifeline; It's time to pass The Save Hotel Jobs Act Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by The American Petroleum Institute — Scientists potty train cows to cut pollution Conservation group says it will only endorse Democrats who support .5T spending plan MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeted, while linking to a Politico report that describes the GOP leadership's back-door push to find support for the legislation.
This is real now. I'm alarmed. https://t.co/gMLfrFOCO4— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) September 17, 2017
Many Democratic senators have called for the bill's defeat.
The Graham-Cassidy “health care" bill is just more of the same disastrous policy we’ve seen from Republicans. We must beat this thing.— Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam House passes bill to compensate 'Havana syndrome' victims Harris 'deeply troubled' by treatment of Haitian migrants MORE (@SenKamalaHarris) September 17, 2017
The Graham-Cassidy "health care" bill hits states that expanded Medicaid especially hard. That means California. We MUST defeat this bill!— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) September 17, 2017
Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanOvernight Hillicon Valley — Majority supports national data privacy standards, poll finds Senator calls on agencies to take action to prevent criminal cryptocurrency use Trump praises NH Senate candidate as Sununu weighs own bid MORE (@SenatorHassan) September 17, 2017
The fight to save heath care isn't over. Sound the alarm. We need you to fight today & every day until this @SenateGOP bill is dead.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) September 17, 2017
The measure, put forward by Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.), Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerEx-Sen. Dean Heller announces run for Nevada governor Former Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Democrat Jacky Rosen becomes 22nd senator to back bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (Nev.), Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonLiberal group launches campaign urging Republicans to support Biden's agenda Domestic extremists return to the Capitol GOP senator: Buying Treasury bonds 'foolish' amid standoff over debt ceiling, taxes MORE (Wis.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.), aims to give more power to states by converting ObamaCare funding for subsidies — which help people afford health-care coverage and pay for Medicaid expansion — into a block grant to states.
While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling Franken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China MORE (R-Ky.) has withheld full-throttled support by telling Cassidy and Graham to find the necessary 51 votes on their own, Cassidy says leadership is asking the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to prioritize its analysis of the measure in an effort to get it to the floor.
“We’re told that CBO was told by our leadership to make this a priority above all other priorities,” Cassidy said Friday, while predicting that he can get enough votes. “Mitch has always said, ‘Show me you can get 50 votes.’ ”