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Quick Reopening

After a narrow early morning vote, Congress moved to end a partial government shutdown.

From day, to night, and headed back to day again. The votes were nail-biters, even after an all-nighter, and missing the midnight deadline. The final vote put the bipartisan plan to keep the federal government funded in action, but with just a small cushion. Democrats in the house still tried holding out for immigration protections, but the deal leaves no…

Solving the Shutdown

Another government shutdown could be just hours away.

Congressional leaders from both parties have a deal to keep the government open, but it’s expected to be a hard sell on both sides. For Republicans, there’s a massive increase for military and defense spending; for Democrats, a bigger budget for domestic programs. The compromise has its opponents, however. Many republicans are balking at the price tag, and some democrats…

Still Shutdown

The work week begins this morning with the federal government at least partially shut down.

The federal government shutdown technically started Friday night, but the larger impact will really begin to be felt today. Congress isn’t making much headway, as efforts over the weekend to resolve a funding impasse failed, with another vote scheduled today. Most Democrats are holding out for protections for illegal immigrants who came the country as children. President Trump has tweeted…

Shutdown Looming

The Senate will convene today, struggling to set a plan to avoid a partial government shutdown tonight.

There will be some last-ditch efforts today to come up with a short-term deal to avoid a partial government shut down, but there isn’t much optimism on Capitol Hill.There was some progress yesterday with the house passing a short-term spending deal to keep the government open for about a month to try to come up with a longer-term agreement. The…

Going to the House

The House is set to vote on the budget deal today, and it is expected to be very close.

  The House is expected to vote today on a budget deal already that has passed by the Senate. If the budget deal passes, it could set the table for tax reform to be done by the end of the year. If it doesn’t, one of the President’s top priorities could be stopped in its tracks. The President is looking…

Back in Session

The House is scheduled to vote today on whether to approve billions of dollars in funding for Harvey recovery efforts.

  Congress is back in session, and at the top of the to-do list is a vote to authorize nearly $8 billion dollars for hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. The damage from hurricane Harvey is expected to cost as much as $190 billion, and FEMA is warning lawmakers it will run out of money for disaster relief by the end of…

Repeal and Replace Defeated

Last night's Senate vote narrowly closed the latest attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare.

  It was a long night for the Senate. Around one-forty in the morning, the latest GOP attempt to repeal Obamacare died by just a few votes. The voting was largely along party lines. However, Susan Collins from Maine, Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, and john McCain of Arizona were the three votes that broke ranks from fellow Republicans. The loss…

The Saga Continues

The Senate narrowly voted in favor to start the debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act, a significant hurdle.

  Republicans will take another crack at repealing Obamacare after winning a dramatic vote Tuesday to begin the debate. It included an appearance by senator john McCain, his first since being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer last week. Vice President Mike Pence had to preside and cast a tie-breaking vote. The next step could be even harder-…

Hurrying on Heath Care

Republican senators say they are still on track to have a revised version of the healthcare bill ready for review by Friday.

A vote on the reformed healthcare bill had been delayed a few weeks so lawmakers can make changes and secure more votes.Now, the president says the proposed healthcare bill is being reworked and will include a great surprise when it does come to a vote. The bill has been widely criticized by both parties – moderates saying the bill goes…

House Passes Healthcare

The House of Representatives narrowly approved a new Healthcare plan.

  President Trump has his first big legislative victory with the first step to repeal and replacement of Obamacare. The vote was close, but, the GOP prevailed, passing a plan that would allow states more flexibility to alter Obamacare insurance requirements to help bring premiums down. Tax credits would be offered to help purchase plans. Critics say many would end…