Schumer: McConnell Will Use ‘Backroom Deals’ to ‘Buy Off Republicans’ On Health Care


Last week, one of the more outspoken critics of the GOP health care bill, Senator Chuck Schumer, referred to proposal as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

“The Senate Republican bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, only this wolf has even sharper teeth than the House bill,” Mr. Schumer said on the Senate floor, according to The Washington Post. “And we’re potentially voting on it in a week. No committee hearings, no amendments in committee, no debate on the floor save for two measly hours on one of the most important bill in decades. That brings shame on this body.”

On Tuesday, after the news broke that the bill has been shelved until after the July 4th recess, Schumer said he expects Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will try to use a “slush fund” and “backroom deals” to “buy off Republicans” to support the bill.

Schumer vows he and the Democrats will watch these potential backroom deals “like a hawk.”

The Senate Minority Leader went on to cite the standard democrat talking points that the Republican bill would hurt the sick, poor and elderly in order to give “big tax breaks” to the wealthy.

Mr. Schumer constantly cited the unpopularity the proposed bill has with the American people, claiming the bill is “rotten at the core.”

“The ultimate reason this bill failed is because the American people just didn’t like it. It’s not what America stands for,” he said.

“The fight is not over,” Schumer promised as the bill will not go to a vote until after the Fourth of July.

Last week, Mr. Schumer read the names of several Republican senators, including Marco Rubio, Bob Corker, Rand Paul, Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, whom he said did not support the “unfair, truncated, rushed” process of drafting the GOP bill.

As of now, six Republican senators have stated that they’re against the current version, according to Fox News.

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