A handful of Senate Democrats sarcastically offered Republican leaders a list of 31 rooms in the U.S. Capitol and congressional office buildings where they could hold a formal committee meeting on the unseen healthcare bill — should they choose to schedule one.

Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York; Patty Murray of Washington; Ron Wyden of Oregon; and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., sent a letter Monday to top Senate Republicans urging them to make public the contents of the healthcare bill as Democrats did during Obamacare's drafting process.

"The American Health Care Act would fundamentally redefine health care in our country. To draft it behind closed doors and pass it without even one hearing is nothing short of legislative malpractice and a repudiation of all the Senate stands for," the Democrats wrote.

"We write to request that in your capacity as the chairmen of the committees that have jurisdiction over the American Health Care Act that you schedule hearings to discuss, debate and hear testimony about the health care bill that you are currently drafting in secret."

The letter was addressed to Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander, Senate Committee on Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch and Senate Committee on the Budget Chairman Mike Enzi. It contained 31 spaces that would be appropriate for a hearing:

  • SDG-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building
  • 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building
  • 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building (Appropriations Committee)
  • 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building (Appropriations Committee)
  • 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building (Appropriations Committee)
  • 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building (Finance Committee)
  • 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building (Judiciary Committee)
  • 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building (HSGAC Committee)
  • 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building (Energy Committee)
  • 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building (EPW Committee)
  • 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building (HELP Committee)
  • 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building (Banking Committee)
  • 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building
  • 604 Dirksen Senate Office Building (Budget Committee)
  • 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building (Indian Affairs Committee)
  • 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building (Foreign Relations Committee)
  • 220 Russell Senate Office Building (Armed Services Committee)
  • 236 Russell Senate Office Building (Armed Services Committee)
  • 253 Russell Senate Office Building (Commerce Committee)
  • 332 Russell Senate Office Building (Agriculture Committee)
  • 385 Russell Senate Office Building (Rules Committee)
  • 325 Russell Senate Office Building (Kennedy Caucus Room)
  • 418 Russell Senate Office Building
  • 428A Russell Senate Office Building
  • 485 Russell Senate Office Building
  • 216 Hart Senate Office Building
  • 902 Hart Senate Office Building
  • Senate Visitor Center 200-201
  • Senate Visitor Center 202-203
  • Senate Visitor Center 208-209
  • Senate Visitor Center 210-212

The Democratic senators cited Republicans' talking points from 2010, namely that the Senate could not shove a bill through that would impact millions of Americans. The Senate HELP Committee held nearly four dozen hearings as part of a 13-day markup session.

"When drafting the Affordable Care Act in 2009 and 2010, Democrats were committed to an open, transparent process that would allow Congress to thoroughly debate such a substantial piece of legislation, as well as give the American public ample opportunity to review the bill and provide input to their elected representatives," the letter stated.

"These Americans deserve an open and public debate over the bill. We have long referred to the Senate as the world's greatest deliberative body. We may often disagree on the issues, but this reputation is founded upon the principles of free, open and robust debate for all to see and participate in."