June 20, 2017

Republican Senate secrecy unseen in a century

Time - The level of secrecy in crafting the Senate's health care bill has not been seen since before World War I, according to esteemed Senate historian emeritus Donald Ritchie.

Ritchie, who worked in the Senate Historical Office for nearly four decades, told the Los Angeles Times that the upper chamber has not drafted such a major piece of legislation behind closed doors since a tariff reform effort during the presidency of Woodrow Wilson.

He added that Senate Democrats tried the move again during the Great Depression, but they were derailed when rank-and-file senators were unwilling to go along with the maneuver.

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