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Democratic senator to party: 'A little message discipline wouldn't kill us'

Democratic senator to party: 'A little message discipline wouldn't kill us'
© Greg Nash

Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzDemocrats face big headaches on Biden's T spending plan Democrats introduce bill to give hotels targeted relief Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap MORE (D-Hawaii) on Friday expressed frustration with his party over its messaging regarding the current Supreme Court fight embroiling the Senate, saying Democrats should focus their arguments on Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Schatz highlighted remarks arguing that the GOP is rushing to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court so the party can install a justice who would overturn the Obama-era health care law, “kicking millions off their health care,” saying Democrats “should say this, using these words.” 

“A little message discipline wouldn’t kill us,” he tweeted. 

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The remarks come as a partisan firestorm sweeps the Senate over the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgCourt watchers buzz about Breyer's possible retirement Five hot-button issues Biden didn't mention in his address to Congress Schumer waiting for recommendation on Supreme Court expansion MORE, who died last Friday from pancreatic cancer at the age of 87.

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Democrats have railed against Republicans over the efforts to fill the spot after the party blocked then-President Obama from filling a vacancy in 2016, the last presidential election year.

Virtually every Democrat has said the confirmation process should be delayed until after the election, though many have noted the risk a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court could pose to the ACA.

“Why the president is in such a rush is because he’s in a hurry to overturn the Affordable Care Act. And he wants to do that,” House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden reverses Trump limits on transgender protections The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure, Cheney ouster on deck as Congress returns This week: Congressional leaders to meet with Biden amid GOP reckoning MORE (D-Calif.) said Tuesday night in reference to an upcoming case against the law. “The oral arguments start Nov. 10, a week after the election, and he wants to get a justice in there in time for that so they can hear the arguments and vote on it.”