Sumer’s surprising steps were unusual, as such proposals are usually offered by majority leader Mitch McConnell, who controls the Senate and dictates what is considered on the floor. In his day, Sumer never tried to force such imprisonment as the leader of the highest minority, aides said.
The rules say any senator can do what Sumer did on Tuesday, but senators usually do not take these final steps, as this would regularly exclude the Senate.
That is why it is customary to let the majority leader determine the schedule.
The push comes as the defense of the Affordable Care Act is at the heart of Democrats̵
Democrats have called for a bill that would “protect the health care of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and prevent the Justice Department’s efforts to defend courts from repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” will become a hanging business on the floor after a state funding bill is passed on Wednesday.
It is not clear when roll-call votes will take place, but it is possible as early as Thursday, a GOP aide said.
The measure is unlikely to receive the 60 votes it will need in the future. But voting can still be politically difficult for those Senate Republicans who are ready to be re-elected this fall, who have said they support maintaining protection for pre-existing conditions, even as the Trump administration takes steps to repeal the law.
A McConnell spokesman did not have an immediate response to Sumer’s actions.