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Another Healthcare Try

Republicans have released the second draft of their Senate health care bill.

  It’s a make-or-break weekend for the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. GOP Senators have cobbled together a compromise, but all it will take is one more no vote to pull the plug on the entire thing. The differences from the first Senate bill include an additional $70 billion dollars for states to create their own reforms, allowing health savings…

A Brief Halt on Healthcare

Amid protests, Senate lawmakers have made some headway on their healthcare plan before the holiday break.

Protesters are fired up about the health care debate while lawmakers are taking a break this week for the Fourth of July holiday. On Sunday lawmakers wrangled with a way forward on the president’s pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare. A bill that would do just that has already passed the house. But Senate Republicans wrote their own version to…

Covert Health Care

Senate Republicans will review their new draft of healthcare reform later this morning.

  Senate Republicans will review a discussion draft of healthcare reform this morning. It’s expected to be more moderate than the House bill,  slowing the cutting of Medicaid expansion, and providing more generous subsidies for low-income people. Democrats have attacked the GOP for a lack of transparency while others accuse the GOPof rushing it. Even some veteran Republicans have expressed…

Talks About Korea

A meeting involving the Senate was held at the White House to discuss North Korea.

  President Trump is taking steps to take on North Korea but there are obstacles ahead. With the rising nuclear threat from North Korea, Republican and Democratic senators met at the White House Wednesday. While there was little new information revealed during the meeting, part of the strategy against the communist country is to not reveal plans. Even some Democrats…

Confirmation Conflict

Senators have begun their floor battle over the President's Supreme Court pick.

  The fate of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch may also decide the fate of Senate procedure. Democrats have the votes to block Gorsuch, but can’t stop Republicans from using the nuclear option this week to push Gorsuch through. Changing the way the Senate operates alarms some lawmakers, and majority leader Mitch McConnell insists the nuclear option will never be…

‘You are a disgrace to your race:’ Sen. Scott reads hate mail after supporting Jeff Sessions

South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the senate’s lone African-American republican, has mounted a remarkably personal defense of Senator Jeff Sessions, President Trump’s controversial pick to lead the justice department. The 51-year old conservative said he has received a litany of racist messages on social media since announcing his support for sessions. In his thirty-minute speech to his colleagues Wednesday night,…

DeVos Confirmed

Betsy DeVos was sworn in as Secretary of Education yesterday, despite controversey and a tied vote.

  The battle over president Donald Trump’s cabinet nominations continues, as democrats try to hold off confirmations of several key picks. It took a deciding vote from Vice President Mike Pence, who broke a fifty-fifty tie to confirm Trump’s controversial choice for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The situation became tense Tuesday evening when Senator Elizabeth Warren was reprimanded during…

Trump fires acting AG for defying to defend order on immigration

President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration has sparked protests across the nation and around the world. Now, a top government official is out of a job today because she refused to defend Trump’s controversial order. Acting Attorney General Sally Yates — an Obama administration appointee — was relieved of her duties yesterday after defying to defend Trump’s executive orders….

Capitol Hill Hearings Continue

Some more of President-Elect Trump's cabinet nominees took some tough questions yesterday.

  Four hearings on Capitol Hill featured some more of President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominees, including three cabinet positions and the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Democrats targeted Housing and Human Services nominee Georgia Congressman Dr. Tom Price for his financial investments, while Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s hearing to be the next EPA administrator raised questions about his…