On this week’s ‘State of the Union’ on CNN, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Senate Republicans don’t have “the guts” to make their heath care bill public.
TAPPER: A source telling CNN that Senate Democrats are currently weighing whether to bring the Senate chamber’s business to a halt in an effort to pry open what are currently secret deliberations on health care.
You’re a member of the Democrat Senate leadership. Can you confirm whether this is going to happen?
SANDERS: Jake, I think that the Democrats in the Congress should do everything possible, A, to defeat that legislation, which is, again, to my mind, unspeakable.
How do you throw 23 million people off of health insurance, and at the same piece of legislation give tax breaks to the wealthiest folks in this country? That has got to be defeated.
But, second of all, as you have indicated, we have an insane process, insane. Here you have legislation which deals with one-sixth of the American economy — that’s the health care situation — and there are Republicans who haven’t even seen this legislation, and certainly no member in the Democratic Caucus has.
What kind of process is it that, when you deal with an issue that impacts tens of millions of people in this country, Republicans don’t even have the guts to allow it to go to a committee, where we can have an open hearing, where questions could be asked?
It seems to me that what they want to do, because this legislation is so bad, is keep it secret, keep it hidden, and in the last possible second rush it before the Senate and get a vote within a few hours. That is beyond belief.
TAPPER: So, I’m going to take that, unless you disagree, as a confirmation that Senate Democrats — you have — you’re in favor of Senate Democrats bringing the chamber’s business to a halt to pry open…
SANDERS: I am in favor — I am in favor of the American people and members of Congress doing everything that we can to defeat that horrific piece of legislation that will hurt tens and tens of millions of people in our country.
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