Don't Look Now, but the Democratic Party May Finally Be Stiffening Its Spine
Republicans have kept the latest version of the American Health Care Act hidden from the public and their colleagues in the Senate alike. Now Democrats are taking a stand, vowing to block a vote on the much-maligned legislation, at least until Trumpcare can have a bipartisan hearing.
For Young Turks' co-host John Iadarola, the announcement was long overdue.
"Clearly they were listening, or they did it for some other reason, but they are shutting down the Senate and that is good news," Iadarola opened on Monday.
Activist groups like Indivisible Guide have endorsed the shutdown. But after blasting a House version of the bill Donald Trump recently called "mean," what's next for the minority party?
"The sort of typical regular stuff you do in the Senate that they just go along with, they will start fighting because of the secrecy that has shrouded the ACHA," explained co-host Michael Shure.
Through the budget reconciliation process, Senate Republicans' 52-48 seat majority would allow the party to pass health care legislation with the support of just 50 senators (Vice President Mike Pence would serve as a tie-breaker).
"Democrats will begin using parliamentary tactics to disrupt the ordinary business of the Senate, including blocking requests for unanimous consent to consider nominees and legislation and preventing committees from holding hearings that last longer than two hours," Russell Berman reported Monday in the Atlantic.
Democrats plan to continue the slowdown until they are included in the legislative process.
"There will be roll call vote after roll call vote," noted Shure.
"I think that their strategy is great on two levels," explained Iadarola. "On the first level, if they can get people to stop and slow the process down... it might hurt the chances that the bill goes forward, that it becomes law."
"But also," he added, "If they don't fight on this, what are they fighting for?"