Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Senator Harris'/Feinstein's in ____________, California. I'm calling to urge her to demand that Senate Republicans stop writing their version of Trumpcare behind closed doors, and tell us immediately about the damage they're planning to do to our healthcare system. No other business should proceed in the Senate until Republicans hold a public hearing on the contents of their bill. Senate Democrats must not sit by while Republicans steal healthcare coverage from millions of us in order to give a tax cut to the few. Thank you!
On Wednesday, June 7, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell placed the Senate's version of Republicans' Affordable Care Act "replacement" on a "fast track" -- proceeding as quickly as possible toward a floor vote without public committee hearings on the bill's contents. The Senate version is being written behind closed doors, apparently with few changes from the House bill that would take access to health coverage away from 23 million Americans.
Senate Republicans want to use the budgeting process called reconciliation to drive their healthcare reform bill through without the possibility of a Democratic filibuster. The Senate parliamentarian made that process easier last week when she certified that most elements of the House "American Health Care Act" are eligible for consideration under reconciliation. However, Republicans must pass the Senate bill, then reconcile the House and Senate versions in a conference committee, before the current budget year concludes on September 30 if they want to finalize the bill using reconciliation.
McConnell says he hopes to bring Trumpcare to the floor by July 4 in order to expedite its passage, which is why he implemented the "fast-track" process. However, unlike the House, the Senate must wait for the bill to be "scored" by the Congressional Budget Office before a floor vote can be taken.