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Senate sends bill to Trump that toughens sanctions on Russia, Iran, North Korea

  • 7:08 pm Thursday, July 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In an overwhelming vote of 98-2, the U.S. Senate on Thursday sent President Donald Trump a bipartisan bill that places new economic sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, as members of both parties joined to send a message not only to those three regimes, but also the the White House, on the subject of U.S.-Russian relations and the 2016 campaign.

“We will not tolerate attacks on our democracy. That’s what this bill is all about,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) declared on the Senate floor, as Senators in both parties directly linked Russian interference in last year’s elections to this [More]

House approves $1.6 billion for Trump border wall as part of spending ‘minibus’

  • 5:27 pm Thursday, July 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Following through on a prime 2016 campaign pledge from President Donald Trump, the House on Thursday approved a $1.6 billion down payment to start building a new border barriers in Texas and California, adding that money to a broader $788 billion package containing four of the twelve bills that fund operations for the federal government in 2018.

“The best thing we could do as a good neighbor to Mexico, is to build a wall where it is needed, as President Trump has talked about,” said Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX).

“When you go to various portions of the border now, it is a [More]

Clock ticks as “Skinny” Senate GOP health bill remains a mystery

  • 7:32 am Thursday, July 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

With half of the debate completed in the U.S. Senate on a House-passed bill to overhaul the Obama health law, Republicans have yet to reveal the details of what may be the only GOP option that can get a majority of votes, a streamlined measure which would change only a few provisions of current health law.

“I don’t know what the “skinny” repeal looks like,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) to a group of reporters, as he acknowledged doing the bare minimum on health care might be about the only way to keep GOP options open on changes to Obamacare.

“What you’re [More]

Senate defeats “clean repeal” as GOP eyes “skinny” health care bill

  • 4:56 pm Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

For a second straight day, the full Senate voted down a leading GOP plan to make major changes in the Obama health law, as Republicans continued to struggle with how best to forge a plan that can win approval in the Senate later this week, with growing talk that the GOP Senators may try to pass a bill that does very little, in hopes of starting Congressional negotiations on a final deal, or even to have the House just accept a ‘skinny’ Senate plan.

“We’re working our way to the end – which is uncertain,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA).

The latest [More]

White House: Details still TBD on Trump ban on transgender members of military

  • 3:20 pm Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Hours after President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would ban transgender individuals from serving in any role in the military, the White House acknowledged that the policy details would still have to be worked out with the Pentagon, as officials were unable to answer the basic question of whether transgender troops would be kicked out of the military immediately under the President’s ban.

“When the President made the decision yesterday, the Secretary of Defense was immediately informed,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, confirming reports that the Pentagon had been blindsided by today’s announcement.

Asked repeatedly how the President’s [More]

Senate easily defeats first GOP plan to overhaul Obamacare

  • 10:31 pm Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Hours after Republicans barely mustered enough votes to start debate on a House-passed GOP bill designed to overhaul the Obama health law, the Senate easily rejected one plan put forward by Republican Senators, as GOP leaders continued to struggle to figure out how to forge a health care bill that could win final approval on the Senate floor later this week.

The first casualty was an amended version of the “Better Care” plan from GOP leaders – along with additions from Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), who wanted to add back $100 billion in Medicaid funding, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who [More]

Pence breaks tie as Senate votes to start debate on GOP health care bill

  • 3:08 pm Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

With no votes to spare, Vice President Mike Pence used his Constitutional power to cast a tie-breaking vote in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, allowing Republicans to begin debate on a House-passed GOP bill that would overhaul the Obama health law, as Republicans scrambled to figure out how to cobble together a plan that could be ultimately approved in coming days by the Senate.

The narrow victory was a big win for GOP leaders and the White House, as President Donald Trump had repeatedly pressed Republican Senators in recent days to keep their promise to act on Obamacare – but this [More]

McCain returning as Senate heads for procedural vote on health care bill

  • 11:24 pm Monday, July 24th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

With President Donald Trump leaning on them from the White House, Republican leaders in the Senate are ready to push ahead with a procedural vote on Tuesday to begin debate on a House-passed GOP plan to overhaul the Obama health law, as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he would return for the vote, even as top Republicans scrambled to figure out what changes they would offer to the health care bill in coming days.

With McCain back, Senate GOP leaders can only afford to lose two votes in the Senate, which would bring about a 50-50 tie, and then allow [More]

Trump tells Senate to push ahead on health care

  • 3:55 pm Monday, July 24th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

A day before a key procedural vote on a GOP health care bill, President Donald Trump urged Republican Senators to follow through on their campaign pledge of the last seven years to get rid of the Obama health law, declaring that the time has come for the GOP to move ahead on the issue.

“So far Senate Republicans have not done their job in ending the Obamacare nightmare,” the President said during an afternoon health care event at the White House.

“Every Republican promised immediate relief,” the President reminded GOP Senators of their campaign pledges, saying it’s time for Republicans to fulfill [More]

Republicans face critical week in Congress on health care, Russia, 2018 spending

  • 8:00 pm Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

GOP leaders in the U.S. Senate seem ready to push ahead with a showdown procedural vote on a bill to overhaul the Obama health law, even without any assurance that they have enough votes to simply start debate, and without a final decision on what changes Senate Republicans might offer to a health care bill narrowly approved by the House in early May.

While most of the attention this week will be on the machinations involving health care legislation in the Senate, the House will take the first steps on spending bills for next year’s budget, and vote on [More]

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