Category: Senate

In a Facebook live stream Wednesday, Sen. John McCain told his…

In a Facebook live stream Wednesday, Sen. John McCain told his “Democrat friends” and “some” of his Republican friends that he’s coming back to Congress. McCain shared that his brain cancer treatment is going extremely well.

Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in the Russia probe….

Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in the Russia probe. Here’s why that’s important.

  • Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury as part of his probe into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, a clear sign the investigation is heating up and could continue to drag on for months.
  • The fact Mueller impaneled a grand jury doesn’t mean one or more indictments are imminent, but it does provide some clues about where the investigation stands.
  • For one, a grand jury had already been convened for former national security adviser Mike Flynn, who resigned in February after misleading White House officials about his contacts with Russians during the campaign. Read more. (8/3/2017 5:18 PM)

A bipartisan group of senators are already planning how to…

A bipartisan group of senators are already planning how to thwart attempts to fire Mueller

  • After reports surfaced that the Trump administration is trying to undermine the special investigation into Russia led by Robert Mueller, some Senate Republicans have started coming up with backup plans to keep Mueller’s investigation going.
  • On Thursday, two bipartisan groups of senators introduced separate bills that would provide court oversight to any attempt to fire a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department.
  • The first of the two bills introduced by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) would allow courts to review the firing of a special counsel investigator. Read more. (8/3/2017 5:01 PM)

“We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people. We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.”

— Sen. John McCain explaining his “no” vote on the “skinny repeal.” 3 key takeaways from Republicans’ failure to repeal Obamacare

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First Obamacare repeal and replace amendment fails in the Senate

  • Senate Republicans notched a setback in their quest to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act Tuesday night, after their first of three possible plans to make good on that promise failed in a procedural vote.
  • The Better Care Reconciliation Act failed by a vote of 43 to 57, with nine Republicans voting against the proposal. And it came just six hours after the party celebrated advancing the health care repeal bill to debate.
  • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — who, hours earlier, said he wasn’t in favor of the Senate bill in its current form — voted for the BCRA. 
  • Republicans still have other plans to offer as amendments to the bill. 
  • They include a straight Affordable Care Act repeal bill that the CBO estimates would cause 32 million people to lose their coverage, as well as double premiums. 
  • A so-called “skinny repeal” that would nix the individual mandate as well as some Affordable Care Act taxes may also be offered. The CBO says that plan would also raise costs and cause 15 million people to lose their insurance. Read more (7/25/17 10:34 PM)

Update: Straight Obamacare repeal bill fails in the Senate in yet another setback

  • Senate Republicans suffered yet another failure on Wednesday in their quest to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
  • An amendment that would strictly repeal much of the ACA failed to garner enough votes to pass. Seven Republican members voted against the plan, ensuring it would not receive the 50 votes necessary.
  • Republicans still plan to vote on the “skinny repeal.”
  •  After 20 hours of debate expire, Democrats will also be able to offer an unlimited amount of amendments — which they hope will force Republicans into casting politically challenging votes. Read more (7/26/17 4:15 PM)

Update: “Skinny repeal” bill fails, putting Republicans back at square one in effort to repeal Obamacare

  • The so-called “skinny repeal” bill that Senate Republicans said would keep alive their hopes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act failed early Friday morning — delivering a devastating blow to both President Donald Trump and the GOP Congress’ agenda.
  • The bill failed by a margin of 49 to 51, after Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine voted against the plan.
  • This is now the third health care plan Senate Republicans have exhausted — and it’s unclear if they have anything else up their sleeves to revive the repeal effort.
  • “It’s time to move on,” a dejected Mitch McConnell said, wrapping up a speech after the vote failed. Read more (7/28/17 2 AM)

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First Obamacare repeal and replace amendment fails in the Senate

  • Senate Republicans notched a setback in their quest to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act Tuesday night, after their first of three possible plans to make good on that promise failed in a procedural vote.
  • The Better Care Reconciliation Act failed by a vote of 43 to 57, with nine Republicans voting against the proposal. And it came just six hours after the party celebrated advancing the health care repeal bill to debate.
  • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — who, hours earlier, said he wasn’t in favor of the Senate bill in its current form — voted for the BCRA. 
  • Republicans still have other plans to offer as amendments to the bill. 
  • They include a straight Affordable Care Act repeal bill that the CBO estimates would cause 32 million people to lose their coverage, as well as double premiums. 
  • A so-called “skinny repeal” that would nix the individual mandate as well as some Affordable Care Act taxes may also be offered. The CBO says that plan would also raise costs and cause 15 million people to lose their insurance. Read more (7/25/17 10:34 PM)

Update: Straight Obamacare repeal bill fails in the Senate in yet another setback

  • Senate Republicans suffered yet another failure on Wednesday in their quest to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
  • An amendment that would strictly repeal much of the ACA failed to garner enough votes to pass. Seven Republican members voted against the plan, ensuring it would not receive the 50 votes necessary.
  • Republicans still plan to vote on the “skinny repeal.”
  •  After 20 hours of debate expire, Democrats will also be able to offer an unlimited amount of amendments — which they hope will force Republicans into casting politically challenging votes. Read more (7/26/17 4:15 PM)

First Obamacare repeal and replace amendment fails in the…

First Obamacare repeal and replace amendment fails in the Senate

  • Senate Republicans notched a setback in their quest to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act Tuesday night, after their first of three possible plans to make good on that promise failed in a procedural vote.
  • The Better Care Reconciliation Act failed by a vote of 43 to 57, with nine Republicans voting against the proposal. And it came just six hours after the party celebrated advancing the health care repeal bill to debate.
  • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — who, hours earlier, said he wasn’t in favor of the Senate bill in its current form — voted for the BCRA. 
  • Republicans still have other plans to offer as amendments to the bill. 
  • They include a straight Affordable Care Act repeal bill that the CBO estimates would cause 32 million people to lose their coverage, as well as double premiums. 
  • A so-called “skinny repeal” that would nix the individual mandate as well as some Affordable Care Act taxes may also be offered. The CBO says that plan would also raise costs and cause 15 million people to lose their insurance. Read more (7/25/17 10:34 PM)

Senate Republicans advance Obamacare repeal effort to…

Senate Republicans advance Obamacare repeal effort to debate

  • Senate Republicans cleared their first major hurdle in their effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, securing the votes needed to proceed to debate.
  • The motion to proceed, which officially starts debate on a bill, passed the Senate 51 to 50, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote.
  • GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine were the lone Republicans to vote no. The vote was tense. Read more (7/25/17 3:10 PM)

Revised version of Senate health care plan would still lead to…

Revised version of Senate health care plan would still lead to 22 million more uninsured

  • A revised version of Senate Republicans’ Better Care Reconciliation Act did nothing to increase the number of people with health insurance, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Thursday. The plan would still leave 22 million more people uninsured over the next decade.
  • Senate GOP leadership amended the BCRA after a revolt from Republican senators.
  • But the CBO said the revised version of the bill did little to change the underlying problem: The bill would lead people to lose their health care coverage and increase costs for certain subsets of the population. Read more (7/20/17 2 PM)

Straight Obamacare repeal vote could expose GOP senators’ true…

Straight Obamacare repeal vote could expose GOP senators’ true feelings about the health care law

  • After the second version of Senate Republicans’ health care plan imploded Monday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) now says the Senate will vote on a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a replacement ready to go — a last-ditch effort for the GOP to make good on its seven-year promise to repeal the law known better as Obamacare.
  • Republicans in both the House and Senate passed this same strict Obamacare repeal bill in December 2015, knowing President Barack Obama would veto it.
  • Yet now, with President Donald Trump in the White House, a repeal bill — which the Congressional Budget Office estimates would cause 32 million people to lose their health insurance and cause premiums to skyrocket — would be signed into law.
  • And how they vote will prove whether that initial repeal vote two years ago was a political ploy or a vote they actually believed in. Read more. (7/18/2017 9:30 AM)