Dem: 'No reason' why Republicans can't hold hearings on healthcare bill

Sen. Ron WydenRon WydenTrump and GOP wise to keep tax reform and infrastructure separate Dem senator questions Justice Department on warrantless surveillance FCC says it cannot provide more proof of claimed cyberattack MORE (D-Ore.) said Monday that Republicans should hold public hearings now that consideration of the Senate GOP's healthcare bill has been delayed.

"There is absolutely no reason now for the Republicans not to schedule public hearings on this legislation," Wyden said on MSNBC.

"We ought to bring the American people into this debate and certainly there's no excuse now for not having open public hearings."

Wyden was further pressed on whether he actually believes members of the GOP would hold hearings on the legislation.

"I don't see how you make a logical case that for a bill of this import, that you keep the public locked out," he said.

"So you bet, we're going to push hard for it and with the delay, there's no logical argument for not bringing the public into this discussion."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump backers eye GOP primary challenges for Flake, Heller Senate spending plan boosts House moderates Cruz: Tax reform chances ‘drop significantly’ if healthcare fails MORE (R-Ky.) announced Saturday that the Senate would delay its consideration of the healthcare bill while Sen. John McCainJohn McCainTrump backers eye GOP primary challenges for Flake, Heller Manchin bashes GOP candidate for pushing McCain to resign McCain’s primary challenger asks him to step aside after diagnosis MORE (R-Ariz.) recovers from surgery.

Two GOP senators have already spoken out against the revised healthcare bill