Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday that Senate Republicans should not expect Senate Democrats to let the Senate run as usual in light of the secretive GOP talks to repeal and replace Obamacare.
"If Republicans won't relent and debate their healthcare bill in the open for the American people to see, they shouldn't expect business as usual in the Senate," Schumer said.
"This radical departure from normal procedure on a bill of such consequence leaves the Senate minority with little choice but to depart from normal procedure as well," Schumer said. He said Senate Democrats will "begin objecting to all unanimous consent requests" in the Senate, save for honorary resolutions, starting Monday night.
Schumer said Democrats will also ask for the American Health Care Act, which passed the House in early May, to be referred to committee despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's decision not to take up the legislation. He said this will allow the AHCA to be "debated, vetted and amended" by the Senate.
Senate Democrats, as Schumer noted, are also planning to hold the Senate floor throughout much of Monday night to bring attention to the Senate Republican healthcare process.
"If Republicans are not going to allow debate on their bill on the floor or in committee, Democrats will make opportunities to debate," Schumer said.
The New York Democrat reiterated his call for an all-senators meeting in the old U.S. Senate chamber to discuss healthcare and how they should proceed moving forward. Schumer made the initial ask of McConnell in a letter on Friday.