Democrats plan night full of speeches on health care fight

In a show of frustration with what they deem the GOP's "shameful" and "secret" legislative process, Democrats on Monday also held the Senate floor with a series of back-to-back speeches. "If Republicans won't relent and debate their health care bill in the open for the American people to see, then they shouldn't expect business as usual in the Senate".

"Let's put a face on who actually takes these Medicaid dollars", Warren said.

Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) said that the Senate bill is almost identical to the bill that passed through the House, which President Donald Trump reportedly called "mean, mean, mean" during a meeting with Republican Senators last week.

Trump criticized the House bill during a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans last week, urging them to make their proposal more generous.

Using tactics like parliamentary inquiries and unanimous consent requests, Democrats are drawing comparison to the process used to usher in Obamacare.

Democrats are mostly hitting Republicans for not holding open hearings as the bill is being drawn up.

McConnell responded that senators would meet on the Senate floor with an unlimited amendment process.

Asked to comment, a spokesman for Republican Majority leader Mitch McConnell said only that the Senate meant to vote on nominees for Trump administration positions in the coming days.

While discussing the Republicans' intention to have a vote on their repeal plan before July 4, Lee told host Brooke Baldwin that despite CNN and other outlets on Capitol Hill "bugging every office that we can", they have not been able to find a single lawmaker who told them that "a bill exists and that they have seen the language".

"Democrats for MONTHS have stated they have no interest in working with Republicans on fixing Obamacare", Michael Reed, the Republican National Committee's research director and deputy communications director, wrote in a statement. For all of the finger pointing from Democrats about Republicans meeting in secret on health care, let's not forget that Congress often operates behind closed doors when forging the final details of major legislation - and health care is no different.

"We've been debating Obamacare's failures and what to do about them for so many years now", McConnell said Monday on the Senate floor.

"We believe we can and must do better than Obamacare's status quo", he said.

Lacking the votes to derail or change the Republican process, the maneuvers by the Democratic minority seemed more aimed at highlighting Republican efforts on a controversial issue. Their largely symbolic effort was likely to have little or no impact on how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell handles the measure.