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Monday, September 25, 2017
Emma Dumain

Graham’s Health Care Overhaul Imperiled After McCain Says No

McCain, R-Ariz., announced he could not “in good conscience” vote for Graham’s bill, which would send Obamacare money back to the states as block grants. McCain was concerned about a process that had not allowed for hearings, amendments or a full analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

September 23, 2017
Lindesy Graham

Lindsey Graham Tries To Beat The Clock And Odds On Health Care

Despite a handful of Senate GOP co-sponsors and high-profile endorsements from governors and conservative thought leaders around the country, the South Carolina Republican still lacks the 51 votes needed to pass his bill to reshape the American health care system. Graham has just 12 calendar days to seal the deal. Republican lawmakers have been seeking to repeal and replace Obamacare through a procedural maneuver known as reconciliation, which allows the Senate to limit debate with 51 votes. Republicans control 52 of the Senate’s 100 seats.

September 19, 2017
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Harvey, Irma Could Cost Billions In Federal Aid, But GOP Could Balk

Joel Myers, president of AccuWeather, predicted Monday the cost of Irma and Harvey combined could reach a total of $290 billion. However, that includes costs for which the federal government is not responsible, such as lost personal valuables or destruction of homes that ought to be protected by insurance.

September 12, 2017

Every December, Why All The Drama?

Every December brings anxieties about Congress finishing its work in time to avert a government shutdown. Christmas cheer is overshadowed by partisan finger pointing; lawmakers have months to come to an agreement on spending priorities and policy riders, but don’t.

December 15, 2015

Congress Has A List Of Deadlines, Is Checking It Twice

Congress returns this week for a pivotal work period with multiple deadlines, a busy schedule for an institution that tends to wait until the very minute to get things done.

December 1, 2015
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House Democrats Plan Alternative To Syrian Refugee Bill

The alternative measure has the potential to weaken support for the Republican-backed bill set come to the floor Thursday.

November 18, 2015
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Democrats Face Risky Votes Ahead Of Memorial Day Recess

“Things can happen quickly around here when they have to.”

May 19, 2015

Centrist New Democrats Want Bigger Role In Party’s Message

The Democratic Party’s leftward lurch has left the New Democratic Coalition behind.

March 3, 2015

Nearly Two Dozen House Democrats Call For Netanyahu Delay

23 House Democrats signed a letter calling on Speaker Boehner to postpone Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech.

February 19, 2015

In Richmond’s Defense Of Fellow Lawmaker Scalise, A History Of Camaraderie

There’s a reason that progressive Rep. Cedric Richmond didn’t rush to bury Steve Scalise.

February 19, 2015

Democrats Leave Philadelphia United, On Message — For Now

House Democrats are all on the same page — for now.

January 30, 2015

Analysis: What The House GOP’s Abortion Bill About-Face Really Means

Are Republican moderates finally gaining influence in the House?

January 22, 2015

‘Toughest Border Security Bill Ever’ Sets Table For Piecemeal Strategy

Even the “toughest border security bill ever” doesn’t go far enough for some House Republicans.

January 22, 2015
US congressional negotiators have finalized a huge spending bill that funds most federal operations through next September, concluding weeks of haggling to avoid a looming government shutdown (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)

Looming Trade Deal Could Divide Obama, House Democrats

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is splintering the Democratic Party.

January 9, 2015

High Stakes For Pelosi, Party With Energy And Commerce Fight

In the race for the next ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, what’s really at stake is the status quo for Democrats.

November 17, 2014

Pelosi Defiant: ‘When Was The Last Time You Asked Mitch McConnell’ If He’s Too Old?

Find out what set Pelosi off in her first public remarks since election day.

November 13, 2014

House Democrats Look For Answers, Accountability After Midterm Losses

How can Democrats move forward from their election day wipeout?

November 12, 2014

New Republicans Will Strengthen Boehner’s Hand In 114th Congress

An in-depth look at how the 114th Congress will change with Republican gains in the House.

November 3, 2014

Energy And Commerce Democratic Rivals Battle To The Wire

Inside a power struggle gripping the Democratic caucus.

October 23, 2014

Retiring Bachmann Signals She’s Still In The Game

Good news for political satirists: Michele Bachmann isn’t going anywhere.

October 15, 2014