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GOP Plan to Repeal ObamaCare Looks Doomed

3 Republican senators balk, one more than Mitch McConnell could afford

(Newser) - And just like that, Mitch McConnell's plan to repeal ObamaCare with a two-year delay appears to be doomed. McConnell announced the revised strategy Monday night, and he could afford only two GOP defections. Already, he's got three: Sens. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of Maine,... More »

Republican ObamaCare Replacement Collapses

McConnell admits defeat after losing 2 more votes

(Newser) - The "replace" part of the Republican effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare collapsed Monday night, leaving the GOP in disarray. After Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran announced that they would not support the ObamaCare repeal bill currently before the Senate, leaving the GOP without enough votes to even... More »

McCain's Health Issue Sidelines Senate's Health Care Vote

Senator's blood clot surgery leaves GOP short of votes to advance ObamaCare repeal

(Newser) - More bad news for the Senate GOP's health care bill: Mitch McConnell will delay it again after John McCain's announced absence following surgery left Republicans short of votes on their marquee legislation. McConnell issued his statement not long after McCain's office disclosed that he had undergone surgery... More »

Trump on Senators Passing Health Bill: 'They Have to Do It'

Says he'll be 'very angry' with Senate Republicans if they don't

(Newser) - President Trump has warned senators that he will be "very angry" if they fail to repeal ObamaCare as promised. In an interview with televangelist Pat Robertson, the president said "a lot of people will be very upset" if Senate Republicans don't pass the legislation this summer, Politico... 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 »

'Beyond Stupid': Ad Blitz Against Senator Under Fire

Pro-Trump PAC went after fellow Republican Dean Heller on health care

(Newser) - With the Senate GOP's plan to replace ObamaCare on hold , an ad campaign against one of the drama's high-profile players is drawing scrutiny. A super PAC that supports President Trump unleashed the campaign against Republican Dean Heller of Nevada after he announced that he opposed the measure, reports... More »

McConnell Plans Quick Revision on Health Care

He hopes to have new version to CBO by Friday

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell's reputation as a master wheeler-and-dealer on Capitol Hill may have taken a hit over the GOP's in-limbo ObamaCare alternative, but he's got a plan to rebound quickly. The Washington Post reports that the Senate majority leader intends to submit a revised version to the Congressional... More »

Republicans Delay Vote on Senate Health Care Bill

Mitch McConnell says he'll hold vote after July 4 recess

(Newser) - There will be no vote on Senate Republican's health care bill this week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided Tuesday to delay a vote on the bill until after the July 4 break, CNN reports. "We're still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable... More »

Mitch McConnell Has Surprising Choice to Head FBI

He thinks Merrick Garland should get the gig

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell didn't want Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court, but he does think Garland would be a good choice to head the FBI in the wake of James Comey's firing . "It may surprise people, but he has a deep background in criminal law, he was the... More »

McConnell: There Will Be No Special Prosecutor

He says it would just disrupt the Senate's own Russia investigation

(Newser) - Amid the uproar following James Comey's surprise firing, many have called for a special prosecutor to take up the probe into Russian interference with the 2016 US presidential election—but those people are going to be disappointed. A new investigation would "only serve to impede the current work... More »

McConnell: Gorsuch Will Be Confirmed

It's just a question of whether Senate Democrats filibuster, force nuclear option

(Newser) - It's all over but the shouting in the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Mitch McConnell tells Fox News Sunday . "Judge Gorsuch is going to be confirmed," the Senate majority leader said. His next comments seemed to indicate he wouldn't shy away from the... More »

McConnell Doesn't Like Trump's 'Daily Tweets'

Otherwise, though, he says the president is pretty good

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is criticizing President Trump for going off message on Twitter and elsewhere, the AP reports. McConnell tells reporters that "I'm not a great fan of daily tweets"—but adds that he is a fan of what Trump has actually been doing. The... 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 »

Senate Votes to Silence Elizabeth Warren

She read letter from MLK's widow

(Newser) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren read a letter from Martin Luther King's widow outside the Senate chamber Tuesday night—after she was banned from speaking inside. In what the Washington Post calls an "extraordinarily rare move," the GOP-controlled Senate voted to silence Warren for impugning the character of attorney... More »

Trump Tells McConnell: 'Go Nuclear' If You Must

Tells Senate majority leader to use nuclear option if Democrats filibuster Neil Gorsuch

(Newser) - "Go nuclear." That's the official word from President Trump when it comes to signals that the Democrats will filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Trump revealed his advice for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should that happen: "If we end up with... More »

Senate Sends Elaine Chao to Trump's Cabinet, 93-6

President's pick for transportation secretary sails through nomination

(Newser) - Republicans might be telling Democrats to "stop acting like idiots" in boycotting votes on some of President Trump's Cabinet picks, but it's been smooth sailing for one nominee: Elaine Chao will be the next secretary of Transportation after the Senate resoundingly confirmed her Tuesday on a 93-6... More »

Conway: Ban Is 'a Small Price to Pay'

Trump's order sees some pushback from Republicans

(Newser) - Kellyanne Conway says that a federal judge's emergency order late Saturday temporarily barring the US from deporting people from nations subject to President Trump's travel ban "really doesn't affect the executive order at all." Conway says Trump's order is about "preventing, not detaining"... More »

Schumer Sends GOP's Own '09 Letter Back to Mitch McConnell

Says Democrats are prepared to delay Cabinet nominee confirmation hearings

(Newser) - In 2009, then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sent then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a letter asking that President Obama's Cabinet nominees not be granted Senate confirmation hearings until the Office of Government Ethics and the FBI had vetted them and other ethical review steps had been taken. On Monday,... More »

McConnell on Ethics Tiff: Dems Need to 'Grow Up'

Says opposition to unvetted Cabinet nominees is just 'little procedural complaints'

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Democrats need to "grow up" and "get past" the election. The Kentucky Republican is objecting to concerns raised by Democrats that Congress this week will hold hearings to consider nominees for the incoming administration who haven't completed ethics reviews . The director... More »

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