Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today delivered remarks at
Democrats’ weekly Tuesday press conference regarding the vote on the Motion to
Proceed to the Senate GOP version of Trumpcare. Below are his remarks:
Good afternoon, everybody. I’m proud to be joined by our leadership team of Dick
Durbin, Patty Murray, who’s also Ranking Member of HELP, Debbie Stabenow, and Ron
Wyden, who is the Ranking Member of Finance.
So, it’s clear that they’re in trouble. John McCain gave the most amazing, moving
speech, basically against the bill, and certainly against the process that Leader
McConnell used. And I know that John thinks these things through thoroughly. And, he
noted that he’d have some real trouble voting for final passage.
Anyone who thinks this is over is sadly mistaken. Leader McConnell has a long way to
go before he can get this done. There are many, many Republicans who don’t like this
bill, who don’t want to vote for it. They’re under enormous pressure to vote for it.
But, they’ve stretched it out because they’re having such trouble. The proposal
Leader McConnell made is nothing more than a ruse.
Anyone who voted to move to proceed and certainly anyone who votes to send this bill
to conference is virtually certainly voting to kick millions off healthcare, to make
it much harder to get coverage if you have a preexisting condition, to slash
Medicaid and to give a huge amount of tax cuts to the rich.
Make no mistake about it: That’s what they’re doing and that’s what they know
they’re doing. And they are so embarrassed and so ashamed of what they’re doing that
McConnell can’t put that up for a vote. So he may come up with this fake final
proposal. Which, as I said, is a ruse. It is repealing healthcare. People who vote
for the final, yes on the final vote, will be voting to repeal healthcare plain and
They will be voting to take 20, 25 million people off healthcare. They’ll lose it.
They are voting to make it impossible, virtually impossible to take care of
preexisting conditions. They are voting to slash Medicaid, which hurts so many in
nursing homes, on opioid treatment, children with disabilities. And they are voting
for big tax cuts for the rich.
Make no mistake about it: There is no doubt-and we all know when the bill gets to
conference-who’s going to call the shots. The Freedom Caucus which will be for full
repeal or something even worse than what came from the House. And remember-on the
House bill, a whole number of Republican Senators said they wouldn’t vote for it.
So they’re under tremendous pressure from the hard right. You’ve seen the threats
that have been made against people like Flake and Heller. But they know it’s the
wrong thing to do substantively. They know it’s the wrong thing to do politically.
And we have a darn good chance to beat this.
We’re going to do everything we can in this chamber, and the so many groups outside
the chamber to make sure that this does not pass the Senate at the end of the day.