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The road to a GOP health care deal – is it really that different?

  • 9:00 pm Monday, June 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer

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 [More]

Senate Democrats try to turn up political heat over GOP health care bill

  • 11:57 am Monday, June 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer

In a bid to derail GOP efforts to overhaul the Obama health law, Democrats are vowing to use the rules to slow legislative work in the Senate, trying to call more attention to closed door Republican negotiations on a GOP health care plan, and the lack of public details on how the Senate might change a health bill approved by the House in May.

“Here’s the order of people seeing the healthcare bill,” wrote Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) on Twitter. “13 dudes in secret, then Republican lobbyists, then CBO, then you and me. Sick.”

Democrats planned to showcase their frustration on health [More]

Still slow going in Congress on Trump legislative agenda

  • 8:00 am Sunday, June 18th, 2017 by Staff Writer

With two legislative work weeks left this month, Republicans in the Congress have yet to find the magic formula to unleash action on President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda, as most of the big ticket items are still stalled behind a GOP push on health care legislation, which remains the subject of closed door Republican negotiations in the U.S. Senate.

Here’s where we stand on Capitol Hill:

1. Health care. Health care. Health care. This could be a pivotal week for Republicans in the Senate, as they try to make headway on a health care overhaul deal. If there is going to [More]

Trump continues to hold off on changes for immigration “Dreamers”

  • 8:20 am Saturday, June 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Despite repeatedly making a campaign pledge to fully reverse executive actions on immigration from the Obama Administration, President Donald Trump has so far left in place one controversial plan from his predecessor, which allows young people – known as immigrant “Dreamers” – who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents to stay here, without the threat of deportation.

The White House said Friday that the DACA program – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – remains under review, but the lack of action by President Trump on that issue has left some of his supporters openly frustrated, as they [More]

Trump again lashes out at Russia probe, says he is being investigated

  • 10:03 am Friday, June 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

For a second straight day, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to vent his frustration at the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, as he publicly said that he was “being investigated” for firing FBI Director James Comey last month, appearing to confirm news reports that he is facing a possible probe dealing with obstruction of justice.

“I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!” Trump said on Twitter, appearing to refer to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my [More]

Halfway through June, still no GOP health bill in Senate

  • 10:49 pm Thursday, June 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Republican Senators left Washington, D.C. on Thursday in much the same position that they have been in for over a month, saying that they are making progress on a bill to overhaul the Obama health law, but seemingly not ready to unveil the details, or predict when a vote might happen, as Democrats pressed the GOP to reveal the fine print of their Senate bill.

“I don’t know of anyone who has seen a copy of this bill,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), as Democrats did all they could to press Republicans and top members of the Trump Administration for specifics.

“You [More]

Trump expresses more frustration over Russia investigation

  • 4:09 pm Thursday, June 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

With news reports that the Special Counsel investigating election interference in 2016 by Russia is looking at possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, Mr. Trump expressed frustration Thursday and Friday at the prospect of that review, again taking to Twitter to denounce the probe as a “witch hunt,” and complaining that Hillary Clinton should be the subject of a Russia-related investigation, not him.

“Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russia are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?” the President tweeted in the afternoon, as he said the Clintons deserved an obstruction of justice probe.

The [More]

Senate votes to strengthen sanctions on both Russia and Iran

  • 12:49 pm Thursday, June 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

In a rare show of bipartisanship on foreign policy, the Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday for a bill that would toughen sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections, as well slap new sanctions on Iran for efforts to expand its long range missile program. The vote was 98-2, with only Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) voting against the measure.

“This is a very, very strong piece of legislation,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who noted that in many ways it was developed “under the radar” [More]

Running for their lives – GOP lawmakers go from ground balls to gun shots

  • 2:23 pm Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Republicans in Congress told harrowing stories of a brush with death on Wednesday, as they struggled to make sense of a morning gun attack on a group of GOP lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game. The suspected gunman was killed as Capitol Police officers returned fire at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia.

“I was next up at bat, so I had a batting helmet on,” said Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), who said he clearly recognized the sound of a gun shot.

“We all started running out to the first base side,” as Loudermilk said it was obvious what the [More]

U.S. House postpones most work in wake of baseball field shooting

  • 10:32 am Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The House of Representatives postponed most scheduled business after a morning shooting at a baseball practice for Republicans lawmakers, which injured one GOP leader, several officers and at least one GOP staffer, as security was tightened around Capitol Hill and near the White House in response to the attack. President Trump said the gunman had died from the shootout with Capitol Police.

The office of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) confirmed that he had been wounded, and said he was in stable condition at a Washington, D.C. hospital.

“Luckily no one appeared to be killed,” said Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), the manager [More]

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