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GOP health care bill faces showdown week in the Senate

7:54 pm Jun. 25, 2017

Almost everywhere I went this weekend and ran into someone I knew, there was one question asked by just about everyone – whether it was at the pool, on the golf course, or grilling burgers in my back yard – “Will the Republicans get their health care bill through the Senate this week?”

Let’s take a look at what the GOP has to do to get that bill approved.

1. A test

U.S. House moves to bolster lawmaker security in wake of baseball shooting

7:00 am Jun. 24, 2017

Responding to concerns about personal security for lawmakers after last week’s gun attack at a Congressional baseball practice, U.S. House leaders are moving to provide extra money to members for protection back home, as well as new funding to bolster the work of police and security officials on Capitol Hill.

Under a plan approved by a House spending subcommittee on Friday, the Congress would provide an extra $7.5 million next year

Trump signs new law to allow VA to more quickly fire workers for poor performance

11:33 am Jun. 23, 2017

With strong bipartisan support from both houses of Congress, President Donald Trump on Friday signed into law a plan to make it easier for the Veterans Affairs Department to get rid of employees for poor performance or misconduct, all in an effort to improve veterans health care and other services.

“We’re taking care of our veterans and we’re taking care of them properly,” said the President, as he signed the bill

Armed with new health bill, GOP leaders look for 50 votes in Senate

9:30 pm Jun. 22, 2017

With the public release on Thursday of an updated health care bill from Senate Republicans, the focus on Capitol Hill quickly shifted from what is in the measure to how many votes the GOP could muster, as separate groups of moderates and conservatives expressed concern about some of the details, even as the Senate Majority Leader was aiming to hold a vote late next week.

Here’s some of the back story

Trump admits he has no tapes of conversations with Comey

12:20 pm Jun. 22, 2017

Almost six weeks after he suggested on Twitter that he might have “tapes” of conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump on Thursday acknowledged that he “did not make” and does “not have” any such recordings, which had drawn interest from lawmakers in Congress.

“James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” the President tweeted just three

Trump basks in glow of election wins, presses Democrats to cooperate in Congress

9:48 pm Jun. 21, 2017

Back in Iowa for the first time since the November elections, President Donald Trump used a campaign rally in the Hawkeye State to reaffirm his vow to supporters that he will pursue a battery of plans to force change in the federal government and Washington, D.C., as Mr. Trump said his early successes are driving his critics “crazy.”

“All we do is win, win, win,” the President said to cheers in

FBI: Congressional baseball gunman acted alone, no ties to terrorism

10:49 am Jun. 21, 2017

A week after an Illinois man shot a top Republican in Congress and wounded several others, law enforcement officials said the investigation has found that the gunman acted alone when he fired dozens of bullets at lawmakers gathered for a Republican baseball practice, and that no links to any wider plot had been found by the FBI.

“At this time, the FBI has assessed that the deceased shooter, James Thomas Hodgkinson,

Democrats struggle to find election formula to dent Trump, Republicans

10:28 pm Jun. 20, 2017

Determined to derail President Donald Trump, Democrats thought they had a good chance to spin an upset victory in a special election runoff in Georgia for the U.S. Congress on Tuesday. Instead, they watched in disbelief as the Republican candidate, Karen Handel, won handily in a race that some Democrats had said might well be a ‘referendum’ on the Trump Administration.

It left some Congressional Democrats pained, and searching for

Republicans to unveil revised Senate GOP health care bill on Thursday

2:52 pm Jun. 20, 2017

Senate GOP leaders told reporters that they should be ready on Thursday to publicly release a revised plan to overhaul the Obama health law, even as some Republican Senators acknowledged their concern about the development of the bill, which has taken place behind closed doors and with no public hearings.

“I expect to have a discussion draft on Thursday,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters, saying consideration of the health