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Hold public hearings on healthcare with McCain on mend

Hold public hearings on healthcare with McCain on mend

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for Senate Republicans to use the next week to hold hearings to discuss the healthcare after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that discussion on the bill will be delayed while Sen. John McCain recovers from a procedure to remove a blood clot above his left eye.

"I'd suggest to my good friend, the Republican leader, that he use this time to hold public hearings on the bill," Schumer, D-N.Y., said.

"Let's use this extra week or extra weeks to do what Republicans should have done a long time ago — hold public hearings."

For weeks, Democrats have argued that Republicans are trying to jam through a vote on a healthcare bill, to which McConnell says the issue has been ongoing for the last seven years.

However, McConnell and Senate Republicans are focusing on Cabinet nomination votes this week with healthcare off the table for the time being.

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