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Democrats pull 'quintuple red alert' alarm, announce new stonewalling tactics against TrumpCare

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced new stalling techniques the Democrats would use to protest the secrecy of the Obamacare replacement bill being written by the Senate Republicans. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Monday that Democrats would be utilizing new tactics in order to protest the Senate health care bill from the Republicans.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) called it a "quintuple red alert."

"Radical departure from normal procedure on a bill of such consequence," Schumer announced from the floor, "leaves the Senate minority little choice but to depart from normal procedure as well."

"Starting this evening," he said, "Democrats will begin objecting to all unanimous consent requests in the Senate, save for honorary resolutions. We will seek, in as many ways as we can, in as many times as we can, to refer the House-passed health care bill to committee. Where it can be vetted, debated and amended in the open, for the American people to see, as is their right."

"And tonight Democrats will hold the floor late into the evening in a series of speeches to highlight just how unprecedented this process is," he continued. "If Republicans are not going to allow debate on their bill on the floor or in committee, Democrats will make opportunities to debate."

"And these are merely the first steps we're prepared to take in order to shine a light on the shameful TrumpCare bill, and reveal to the public the GOP's backroom deal-making," he concluded.

Democrats began tweeting under the hashtag "show us the bill" to protest the secrecy they perceive the Senate health care bill is being crafted beneath.

House Republicans narrowly passed their version of an Obamacare replacement bill, but President Donald Trump has since soured on the legislation, which he reportedly later called "mean" and a vulgar term in a meeting with Republican members of Congress.

Senate Republicans said they would start from scratch and author their own health care bill, but the secretive process under which they're doing so has caused much consternation among Democrats.

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