Democrats have criticized Republicans for not holding a formal vote on the GOP health care bill and have demanded more of the GOP’s leadership move ahead with a vote.
In a letter sent Friday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), senators urged him to hold a vote on their legislation, calling it “a crucial step” that will “help to heal the rift that has emerged between the party and its base.”
“Unfortunately, despite our clear desire to help heal the divisions, we believe that Republicans have not done enough to push the bill through the Senate,” they wrote.
“Despite the GOP-controlled Senate’s unanimous consent to the bill, they have not acted on the bipartisan bill’s provisions.
They have not yet moved to vote on it.
And, importantly, they are holding a vote that they should have.”
Senate Republicans are trying to avoid a repeat of the Obamacare-related drama in the fall.
They are set to vote next week on their version of the bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a smaller version that would leave Obamacare intact.
Trump, in a recent tweet, said he would be willing to support the bill if Democrats and Republicans agreed to hold the vote on his proposed bill.
Trump also said Thursday that Democrats would have to come up with a way to defund Planned Parenthood, a position he has not addressed in the past.