As Democrats took to the Senate floor on Monday evening to denounce closed door Republican negotiations on a GOP plan to overhaul the Obama health law, both parties traded barbs over how this bill was being put together, with Democrats once more zeroing in on a lack of public hearings, as it still wasn't clear when the full Senate would vote on the top agenda item for Republicans in 2017.
"If there is not going to be a hearing, then we shouldn't vote," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
In recent days, I've heard from partisans on both sides about the current situation in the Senate on health care, as Democrats denounce the GOP process, and Republicans point back to eight years ago to claim that nothing different is happening in 2017.
"Jamie, have you ever seen a bill / legislative process like this shrouded in such secrecy?" asked @wcsanders on Twitter.
Having worked my way through way too much Congressional history, I don't like to ever say that something has "never" happened before in the House or Senate - because there probably is a legislative example that we have forgotten about from many years ago.
In some ways on this GOP health care bill, we have not seen a process like this before - but in others, we certainly have. Let's take a look.