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U.S. House derails GOP package of tax relief for hurricane victims

8:34 pm Sep. 25, 2017

A move by Republicans to quickly pass a GOP-designed package of tax relief for those hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria was rejected by the House on Monday evening, when the bill failed to get a two-thirds vote for fast-track approval, as a small group of Republicans joined with most Democrats to vote against the plan, amid complaints of what was in – and not in – the measure.

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Loud protests on Capitol Hill as GOP presses Graham-Cassidy health bill

4:36 pm Sep. 25, 2017

As GOP Senators struggled to find enough support for the latest Republican plan to overhaul the Obama health law, dozens of demonstrators were arrested Monday after disrupting a U.S. Senate hearing on the Graham-Cassidy proposal, as the clock ticked to a September 30 deadline for action under special expedited budget procedures in Congress.

“I’m here because Obamacare is a disaster in my state,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who for now

Loud protests on Capitol Hill as GOP presses Graham-Cassidy health bill

4:36 pm Sep. 25, 2017

As GOP Senators struggled to find enough support for the latest Republican plan to overhaul the Obama health law, dozens of demonstrators were arrested Monday after disrupting a U.S. Senate hearing on the Graham-Cassidy proposal, as the clock ticked to a September 30 deadline for action under special expedited budget procedures in Congress.

“I’m here because Obamacare is a disaster in my state,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who for now

What’s next on health care in the U.S. Congress

12:23 am Sep. 23, 2017

With Friday’s decision by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to oppose a last-ditch GOP proposal to overhaul the Obama health law, Republicans have almost run out of time to make substantive changes to Obamacare by a September 30 deadline for action under a special expedited procedure that did not allow for a Senate filibuster, again dealing the President and GOP leaders a bitter defeat on an issue they’ve campaigned on for

President Trump heads to Alabama to boost Sen. Luther Strange

1:25 am Sep. 22, 2017

Ahead of a Tuesday Republican runoff, President Donald Trump is fully inserting himself in a U.S. Senate race in Alabama, holding a rally Friday night for Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL), who faces a spirited challenge from former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, in a race that has strained GOP alliances in the Yellowhammer State.

The President will stop tonight in Huntsville, Alabama – not far from there, Mr. Trump had

Ryan: Congress likely to approve more hurricane disaster relief in October

4:44 pm Sep. 20, 2017

As Hurricane Maria was ravaging the island of Puerto Rico, House Speaker Paul Ryan said during a Wednesday visit to Florida that he expects the Congress will vote on more disaster relief money next month, as federal agencies deal with the aftermath from three major hurricanes – Harvey, Irma and Maria.

“I’m sure that we’re going to do another, what we call a supplemental, sometime in October, once we have a

Senate panel hears call for better hurricane prep at nursing homes and assisted living facilities

10:41 am Sep. 20, 2017

Citing the deaths of seniors at a nursing home in Florida after Hurricane Irma, and a viral photograph of seniors in waist deep water at a facility in Texas during Hurricane Harvey, a U.S. Senate committee was urged on Wednesday to support stronger regulations for nursing homes and assisted living facilities to better protect older Americans during hurricanes, floods, and other emergencies and natural disasters.

“We need generators to support medical

Senate leaves town with GOP still short on votes for last-ditch health overhaul bill

9:16 pm Sep. 19, 2017

With the support of the White House, Republican leaders in Congress are once again engaged in a full court press to squeeze out 50 votes for a new GOP plan to overhaul the Obama health law, but in what’s almost a repeat of the last showdown vote earlier this year in the Senate, the decisions of a handful of GOP Senators will make or break this latest effort on Obamacare.

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