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What McCain's Recovery Could Mean for Health Care Bill

Speculation flying on how senator's absence after surgery could affect ObamaCare repeal

(Newser) - Despite the hopes of Senate Republicans that John McCain would be back in Washington sooner rather than later following his surgery last week, some doctors are warning that recovery could take much longer than the week or so originally anticipated, the New York Times reports. On Friday, the longtime Arizona... More »

Someone Broke Into Dean Heller's Office

Police investigating burglary at his Las Vegas office

(Newser) - Sen. Dean Heller's office in Las Vegas has been burglarized, the Las Vegas Sun reports. Details are scarce, but police say they were dispatched to investigate the burglary around 9am Sunday. "Entry did occur," a police rep says, but the investigation is ongoing. Politico notes Heller is... More »

Caitlyn Jenner Might Run for Senate

She's debating a Republican run in California

(Newser) - From Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner to ... Senator Jenner? The transgender activist said during an interview on New York's AM 970 over the weekend that she's considering a run for the Senate in California, reports the Hill . The former Olympian is a lifelong Republican and supporter of President... More »

Democrats Not Taking Kid Rock Senate Run Lightly

Schumer: 'We can't afford to take this tweet as a joke'

(Newser) - Kid Rock has announced on Twitter that he’ll be throwing his fedora in the ring for Michigan’s 2018 senate seat. While some find his bid to be “ pimp of the nation ” humorous, Democrats are not discounting the rocker. CNN reports that Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Minority... More »

5 Changes in the GOP's Revised Health Care Bill

And one big thing that's mostly unchanged

(Newser) - President Trump said he'd be "very angry" if senators fail to repeal ObamaCare as promised, and GOP leaders have just taken a step in their quest to quell that anger. The second draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act was released on Thursday with revisions aimed at getting... More »

Senate Recess Will Be Cut by 2 Weeks

Will begin Aug. 14 instead of July 31

(Newser) - The Senate won't be headed home at the end of July as originally scheduled. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday announced that the August recess would be shortened by two weeks and begin Aug. 14, giving senators an extra two weeks to get through high-priority agenda items like its... More »

McConnell Signals a Shift in Fight to Kill ObamaCare

He talks about shoring it up instead of replacing it

(Newser) - The holiday break doesn't seem to be helping Mitch McConnell's effort to get enough conservatives and moderates on board to pass the GOP's ObamaCare alternative. At a town hall in Kentucky, he likened the task to trying to twist a Rubik's cube in just the right... More »

McConnell's Health Bill Task Just Got Much Tougher

As of now, he doesn't have the votes even to bring it up for debate

(Newser) - Before this week began, Mitch McConnell's former chief of staff likened the Senate majority leader's task of getting the GOP's health care bill passed to "a 747 landing on a suburban driveway." It looks like Monday's CBO report just made the runway even smaller.... More »

CBO Releases Report on Senate Health Care Bill

22 million are estimated to lose coverage

(Newser) - The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report Monday analyzing the Senate Republicans' health care bill released last week in the party’s latest efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. CNN has the full 50-page report, which estimates that 22 million will lose coverage under the new law. That... More »

What Editorials Are Saying About Senate Health Plan

Get this passed, urges Wall Street Journal, while NYT calls it a travesty

(Newser) - President Obama hates it , but that sentiment about the Senate Republicans' plan to replace ObamaCare isn't quite unanimous. Here's a look at what editorials are saying:
  • Wall Street Journal : It implores Republicans to get this passed and not wilt under pressure from the media and Democrats. The measure
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Here's What's in the Senate GOP's Health Care Bill

And why 4 GOP senators say they won't vote for it—yet

(Newser) - Senate Republicans on Thursday finally unveiled their answer to the House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and Vox has an explainer of what's in it. Some major sticking points: The Better Care Reconciliation Act will ask poor and middle-class Americans to pay more for less... More »

Senate Plan Kills ObamaCare's Individual Mandate

Measure would eliminate penalty for those without insurance

(Newser) - Senate Republicans have released a 142-page draft of their bill to eliminate much of the Obama health care law, reports the AP . Details are emerging, but in its broad strokes the measure would cut and revamp Medicaid, the health care program for lower-income and disabled people; repeal tax increases Obama'... More »

Senators Accused of Sexism After Sen. Harris Shut Down

She was interrupted by male colleagues for a 2nd time

(Newser) - Senators were accused of sexism and possible racism Tuesday after the only minority woman on the Senate Intelligence Committee was shut down by male colleagues during the questioning of Attorney General Jeff Sessions . Sen. Kamala Harris, a California Democrat, was reprimanded by GOP Sens. John McCain and Richard Burr for... More »

Press Access Just Got Curtailed by Senate Republicans

Press can't record, film in Senate office hallways without prior permission

(Newser) - Senate Republicans appeared to make a major move to limit media access to senators Tuesday. CNN reports staff with the Senate Radio and Television Correspondents Gallery told reporters they could no longer film or record interviews with senators in the hallways of the Capitol or Senate office building without prior... More »

Surprise! Senate Fails to Repeal Obama-Era Rule

It was a rare victory for environmentalists during Trump presidency

(Newser) - Something unprecedented under President Trump's watch happened Wednesday: The Senate failed to repeal an Obama-era rule. The Washington Post reports it was a surprise 49-51 defeat for a resolution that would have repealed a Bureau of Land Management rule curbing methane emissions, with Republicans John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and... More »

Senate Goes 'Nuclear.' Now, a Bigger Question

Will the filibuster die for regular legislation, too?

(Newser) - Neither party budged, and now the "nuclear option" has been invoked in the Senate. Republicans on Thursday changed the chamber's rules to break the Democrats' filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, reports the AP . The change, allowing Republicans to end debate with a simple majority instead of... More »

Nuclear Option Looks Likely in Gorsuch Confirmation Fight

Dems are closing in on 41 votes

(Newser) - Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is going to be confirmed one way or another, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed on Sunday —and the Democrats appear ready to have it done the hard way. Senate Democrats are closing in on the 41 votes needed to block the confirmation, making... More »

GOP Struggling to Dodge Gorsuch Filibuster

The 'nuclear option' is looking more likely

(Newser) - Neil Gorsuch is on course to become the first Supreme Court nominee to be successfully filibustered since the 1960s—and potentially the last to be filibustered in American history. The Republicans appear increasingly unlikely to get the eight Democrats' votes they need in the Senate to reach 60 and break... More »

In Silencing Warren, McConnell Gave Dems a New Battle Cry

'Nevertheless, she persisted'

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to have inadvertently handed Democrats—and feminists—a new rally cry with his move to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren Tuesday night. "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted," McConnell said, using an arcane rule to ban Warren from... More »

Senators Kick Off All-Night Debate to Stop DeVos

Mike Pence could end up casting historic vote

(Newser) - Democratic senators are kicking off an all-night debate in a final effort to prevent the confirmation of the woman Charles Schumer says is the "least qualified" of President Trump's nominees. The Senate is set to vote on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as education secretary at noon Tuesday,... More »

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