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Donald Trump’s top lieutenants are making an appearance before a Senate committee on Thursday to tell lawmakers what they know about the Trump administration’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The committee, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, will hear testimony from Trump’s health and human services secretary, Tom Price, and his deputy, David Shulkin.
Price and Shulkins have made repeated appearances before the Senate Health, Labor, and Pills and Labor Committee since taking over as Trump’s chief of staff.
Shulkin has testified before the committee twice, but his testimony Thursday is expected to be his most public since he took over as the new HHS secretary.
Price has also been appearing before the committees, but it’s been months since he was questioned.
The House has been trying to get Price to testify since October.
Senate Democrats have demanded that Price appear before the panel in person, arguing that he is the one who should testify.
They also want to know what he knew about the health-care law’s repeal plans before Trump announced them.
Democrats are also pressing Price about whether he lied about the repeal effort during the presidential campaign.
Republicans on the committee have said they don’t know the answers.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has been adamant that Price must appear before them, as has Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who is also a member of the panel.
The panel is a legislative vehicle for lawmakers, and its members are given authority to subpoena witnesses.
Sen. John Cornyn, R.I., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Price is “very important to the Senate and he deserves a fair hearing from the committee.”
Republicans on the Senate panel, including Sens.
Ron Johnson, R.-Wis.; John Barrasso, R., and Susan Collins, R.–Maine, have accused the administration of misleading Congress about the process for repealing the health law and said they’re looking forward to hearing the secretary.
The panel has also sent Price to Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, D.-Wisc., as well as Senate Minority Whip John Cornys, R–Texas.