The biggest show of the day yesterday — and I do mean "show" — was when Sen. Rand Paul and several Democrats staged several "hunts" for the latest draft of the House Obamacare replacement bill, which was being kept in a secret reading room. Paul, one of the conservative Republicans who's demanding a full repeal, set up his own chase with a mini-tweetstorm demanding transparency, ending with the tweet above.
With Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone, I watched it unfold. It started at a hearing on an unrelated topic — generic drug user fees. He blurted out the location in the Capitol building where the new Obamacare bill supposedly was being kept. "The lobbyists know where it is. They know what's in it. Maybe the Russian ambassador knows what's in it," Pallone said, getting a few laughs. "But they won't let me in."
He asked the subcommittee chairman, Michael Burgess, if he was allowed to go look at it. "The chair does not have that information available, but I will find out for you," Burgess said, a bit uncomfortably.
And with that, Pallone was off to join several Democrats on their own chase. (The bill wasn't in the room where Pallone thought it was.) Check out Caitlin Owens and Shane Savitsky's story and videos here.