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Trump joins the effort to pass a health-care bill, but another GOP senator is opposed

23-06-2017

President Trump and his allies are waging their most aggressive effort yet to help Senate GOP leaders pass an expansive health-care bill next week, but the endeavor encountered new resistance Friday when a fifth Republican senator said he does not support the bill as is. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) announced that he could not vote for the legislation without revisions, singling out the measure’s long-term spending cuts to Medicaid as the reason for his opposition.... Read more

'I'm glad he got shot': Nebraska Democrat caught on tape criticizing Rep. Steve Scalise

23-06-2017

'I'm glad he got shot': Nebraska Democrat caught on tape criticizing Rep. Steve Scalise

Investigators search for evidence at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Va., where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and others were shot by a gunman during a Republican baseball practice June 14. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)... Read more

On Trump and Russia, Oversight Chair Trey Gowdy says he will stay in his lane

23-06-2017

The new chairman of the House’s most powerful investigative committee said Friday that, with limited exceptions, his panel will not probe matters related to the alleged Russian interference in the presidential campaign — including President Trump’s possible obstruction of the federal investigation into it. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who was named chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last week, told reporters that the investigation is more squarely under the purview of special... Read more

Dean Heller of Nevada becomes fifth GOP senator to come out against health-care bill

23-06-2017

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) announced on June 23 that he would not support the Republican Senate health-care bill. (Reuters)... Read more

The Finance 202: Big banks had a good day in Washington

23-06-2017

The Finance 202: Big banks had a good day in Washington

THE TICKER Federal Reserve governor Jerome Powell. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) Mark it a banner day in Washington for the big banks . On Thursday morning, an A-team of regulators lined up before the Senate Banking Committee and largely agreed to dial back restrictions imposed on the industry after the financial crisis. And in the afternoon, the largest financial institutions all passed the first round of the annual stress tests administered by the Federal Reserve, supplying a fresh... Read more

The Energy 202: This Energy Department official has a history of disturbing tweets

23-06-2017

The Energy 202: This Energy Department official has a history of disturbing tweets

THE LIGHTBULB "How else can a Kenyan creampuff get ahead?” "Just so we're clear, I coined the MegOBgyn Kelly thing, OK?" "Who is this little arrogant self-hating Jew to tell anyone for whom to vote?”   These are some of the questions asked by William C. Bradford on Twitter before he was appointed by the Trump administration to run the Energy Department’s Office of Indian Energy. In those now-deleted tweets, which The Washington Post reported on late Thursday, Bradford remarked... Read more

The Health 202: McConnell will be a legislative wizard if health care passes

23-06-2017

The Health 202: McConnell will be a legislative wizard if health care passes

THE PROGNOSIS Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) smiles as he leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans' health-care bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Senate Republicans have finally revealed their plan to revamp the Affordable Care Act. Now, they're just trying to pass it. There will be lots of twists and turns along the path to an anticipated vote next week -- and it's by no means assured the GOP will get there. Capitol Hill was awash... Read more

The Daily 202: Senate Republicans want to get to yes on the health care bill

23-06-2017

Ted Cruz leaves the Senate floor after a vote yesterday. The Texas senator is one of the holdouts on the health care bill, but he's widely expected to come around. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post) THE BIG IDEA: Much of the concern that Republican senators expressed yesterday about the draft health-care bill felt more like political posturing than genuine threats to torpedo the effort. There are not currently the 50 votes necessary to advance the legislation... Read more

Democrats hit feds' long-term care issues and Trump's planned retirement cuts

23-06-2017

Democrats hit feds' long-term care issues and Trump's planned retirement cuts

(bigstock) In November, fuming members of Congress demanded to know how the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) would stabilize a long-term care program that shocked participants with price hikes of as much as 126 percent. Seven months later, they are still waiting for answers – but not patiently. It was at a House government operations subcommittee hearing a few days after Thanksgiving when Virginia Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the top Democrat on the panel, pressed... Read more

McConnell decides to call GOP colleagues’ bluff with health-care proposal

22-06-2017

McConnell decides to call GOP colleagues’ bluff with health-care proposal

(Alice Li,Jorge Ribas,Libby Casey,Bastien Inzaurralde/The Washington Post) After weeks of secretive talks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally unveiled his proposal to dramatically reshape the health-care industry knowing full well that — as currently written — it lacks the votes to win approval. But using a time-honored tactic of congressional leadership, the Kentucky Republican decided it was time to call the bluff of his GOP colleagues. By releasing a “discussion draft” of his plan to... Read more

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