The Hill article Democrats have long been a thorn in the side of Republicans when it comes to their refusal to listen, but now they’re finally getting a measure of their own.
In a stunning move, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday that he’s open to allowing Democrats to bring the bill up for a vote, after Republicans rejected a bipartisan amendment to allow the bill to be voted on in the Senate without the help of Democratic amendments, according to Politico.
Democrats have been calling for a procedural vote, or filibuster, to end debate on the bill, which would prevent the House from voting on it.
It’s a measure that would allow for amendments, which are used to move legislation forward.
The Senate voted down the measure, after Democrats successfully filibustered a vote on the amendment, which also would have given Republicans a majority in the upper chamber.
After the vote, Schumer said, the Democrats should take advantage of the procedural vote to bring up the bill.
“The Senate is in a position where we can move forward with a bipartisan bill,” Schumer said.
“And, if we have the votes, we should.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that he’ll try to pass the measure as it’s currently written.
That would require Democratic support to pass.
But in a statement, McConnell said, “Democrats need to listen and work with us on this important bill to help more people, especially those in the most vulnerable communities, who have been left out of the progress that President Trump has made in our country.”
Democrats have already pushed for amendments to the bill in hopes of getting them through the Senate.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has said she wants to bring a number of amendments, including language to expand Medicaid coverage and expand coverage for mental health services, which could allow people with mental health issues to have access to mental health care.
Democrats are already pushing for amendments on the GOP’s bill, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has said he’s willing to support them.
“We can’t wait to hear from the people of this country about their experiences and their concerns,” Grassley said in a press release on Wednesday.
“It’s time for the Senate to get on the right track and to take action to help those who need it the most.”
Republicans have been able to pass a bill with bipartisan support in the House.
The bill is now headed to the Senate, and it is likely to be the only one that can pass.