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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said that if Republicans "can't defend [their] efforts to throw millions off health care to give huge tax breaks to the top 2%," they should just "give it up." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/with overlay)

To Shine Light on Senate GOP's Trumpcare Push, Dems Intro 'No Hearing, No Vote Act'

'Attempts to pass Trumpcare in the dark of night, without any transparency is one of the most egregious examples of legislative malpractice in decades.'

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As Senate Republicans attempt to ram through the American Health Care Act (AHCA), aka Trumpcare, without public hearings before the upcoming recess, Senate Democrats on Tuesday announced their intention to introduce the "No Hearing, Note Vote Act" bill in order to highlight the GOP's obfuscation.

"Senate Republicans’ attempts to pass Trumpcare in the dark of night, without any transparency is one of the most egregious examples of legislative malpractice in decades. Republicans have held zero committee hearings, solicited zero bipartisan support, and plan to allow zero public debate," declared Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in a statement.

According to The Hill, the proposal "would require a bill being passed under reconciliation—the fast-track process being used to repeal and replace ObamaCare—be voted on by at least one committee and have had at least one hearing."

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), also backing the bill, said that if Republicans "can't defend [their] efforts to throw millions off health care to give huge tax breaks to the top 2%," they should just "give it up." In his tweet, Sanders highlighted the amount of debate the Affordable Care Act received versus what the GOP is now attempting to do with Trumpcare.

As voters were being urged to mobilize against Trumpcare generally, groups were also urging constituents to contact members of the Republican leadership to demand transparency.


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WHO, South Africa Urge Nations to Lift 'Naive' Omicron Travel Bans

"The only thing the prohibition on travel will do is to further damage the economies of the affected countries and undermine their ability to respond to, and recover from, the pandemic."

Brett Wilkins ·


EU Joins Rights Group in Condemning Israel's 'Day of Destruction' of Palestinian Homes

"Demolitions are illegal under international law and significantly undermine the prospects for peace."

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GOP 'Silence Speaks Volumes,' Says Ilhan Omar as Boebert's Bigotry Goes Unpunished

"Normalizing this bigotry not only endangers my life but the lives of all Muslims. Anti-Muslim bigotry has no place in Congress."

Brett Wilkins ·


Africans Should Be 'Applauded, Not Punished,' Say Advocates Amid Omicron Travel Ban

"What is going on right now is inevitable," said African Union Vaccine Delivery Alliance co-chair Dr. Ayoade Alakija. "It's a result of the world's failure to vaccinate in an equitable, urgent, and speedy manner."

Brett Wilkins ·


Biden Drilling Report Blasted as 'Shocking Capitulation to the Needs of Corporate Polluters'

"Greenlighting more fossil fuel extraction, then pretending it's OK by nudging up royalty rates, is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic," said one campaigner.

Jessica Corbett ·

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