- 9:15 pm Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
With GOP efforts in Congress on hold to overhaul the Obama health law, Republican leaders threatened to force wayward GOP Senators to go on the record and publicly record their vote in opposition to plans to repeal chunks of the Obama health law, but such a health care showdown on the Senate floor was put off until at least early next week.
“As of today, we just simply do not have 50 senators that can agree on what ought to replace the existing law,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been unable to solve what he called the ‘Rubik’s [More]
- 1:34 pm Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Republican efforts to pass legislation to overhaul the Obama health law quickly collapsed on Tuesday, as more than enough GOP Senators signaled that they would not support a plan from Senate leaders to pass a plan to repeal large chunks of Obamacare, but not immediately approve any legislation to replace that health care system.
“We can’t just hope that we will pass a replacement within the next two years,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), one of three Republican women in the Senate who sank the backup plan from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“I will only vote to proceed to [More]
- 7:47 am Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Republicans arrived at work on Tuesday morning with a GOP effort to overhaul the Obama health law at its most vulnerable point in 2017, a day after two Republican Senators jointly announced their opposition, leading Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to switch tactics, vowing to bring up a plan similar to one that was vetoed in 2016 by President Barack Obama.
“Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful,” McConnell said in a written statement, as he said the next step would be a vote on a plan [More]
- 8:53 pm Monday, July 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The White House push to approve a bill to overhaul the Obama health law suffered a major setback Monday night, as two more GOP Senators announced their opposition to the plan, effectively sending top Republicans back to the drawing board, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would bring up a bill in coming days that was vetoed by President Obama in early 2016, which repealed parts of the Obama health law, but did not offer a replacement.
“We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy,” said Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), who surprised many by jointly announcing [More]
- 3:32 pm Monday, July 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
With Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) not on Capitol Hill because of his own health care issues, as he deals with a blood clot that was removed from over his left eye, the effort to get a GOP bill to overhaul the Obama health law through the Senate remains on hold this week, as Republican leaders said Monday they would still push ahead on a bill which has struggled to get enough votes for approval.
“We need to tackle this problem,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared on the Senate floor, as he opened the day’s session by sending well wishes to [More]
- 8:37 pm Sunday, July 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
An expected push for a vote this week in the Senate on a GOP bill that overhauls the Obama health law seems to be on hold now because of a major health issue for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), as President Donald Trump’s agenda continues to need a jump start from both the House and Senate, with legislative stumbling blocks in the way of health care, a budget blueprint, next year’s government funding bills and much more.
Here’s the latest on where things stand in the Congress:
1. Health care on hold in the Senate. If you tuned out this weekend from political [More]
- 10:24 pm Saturday, July 15th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Health issues for veteran Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) forced Republican leaders on Saturday night to delay immediate action on a GOP health care bill in the Senate next week, as the Senator’s office indicated he will remain in his home state in coming days, leaving Republicans short on votes, after doctors removed a blood clot from above McCain’s left eye on Friday.
“While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a written statement.
That news came soon after McCain’s [More]
- 5:00 am Saturday, July 15th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Mentioning the Congressional Budget Office these days as a reporter is akin to sending out a link to an article from the Washington Post or the New York Times, as my social media responses on Facebook and Twitter immediately fill with outrage from my listeners and readers at the mere mention of a CBO cost estimate.
That was demonstrated again on Thursday, when I reported on the latest CBO review of a President’s budget; in this case, President Donald Trump’s budget plan, issued back in May.
In that budget, Mr. Trump’s team predicted it would show a $16 billion surplus in 2027, [More]
- 2:50 pm Friday, July 14th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
A day after a federal judge in Hawaii ordered the Trump Administration to widen its limits on family members allowed to visit the U.S. from half a dozen majority Muslim nations, the U.S. Attorney General said he would take the matter right back to the U.S. Supreme Court for further legal action, accusing the judge of violating a ‘proper respect for separation of powers.’
“The Supreme Court has had to correct this lower court once, and we will now reluctantly return directly to the Supreme Court to again vindicate the rule of law,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The new ruling takes [More]
- 4:00 am Friday, July 14th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Ignoring the recommendations of the Pentagon, and budget proposals by Presidents of both parties, the Congress is again poised to approve legislation this year that blocks any effort by the Department of Defense to get rid of excess military installations, blocking efforts that the Army, Navy and Air Force say would save them billions of dollars in the future.
Working on a major defense policy bill on Thursday, the House voted 248-175 to reject an effort to strip out language that blocks the Pentagon from even considering a new round of military base closures, known officially as “Base Realignment and Closure,” [More]