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Health Secretary Confirmed With No Democratic Votes

ObamaCare foe Tom Price passed in 52-47 vote

(Newser) - A man who wants to do things to ObamaCare that the Hippocratic oath might forbid him doing to a patient is now the top health official in America. Tom Price, a longtime Republican congressman from Georgia, was confirmed as the next Department of Health and Human Services secretary early Friday,... More »

Gorsuch: Trump's Attacks on Courts Are 'Demoralizing'

Supreme Court nominee making the rounds with senators

(Newser) - President Trump's Supreme Court nominee says the president's recent criticism of judges is "disheartening" and "demoralizing," reports CNN . Neil Gorsuch used those words in a meeting with Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, according to Ron Bonjean, who is helping shepherd Gorsuch through his Capitol Hill meetings,... More »

Graham, McCain Back Tillerson at SecState

Meanwhile, McConnell says Cabinet picks will go through; Schumer is in no hurry

(Newser) - Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain will support Rex Tillerson as secretary of state in a move that all but clinches his nomination, reports Politico . Graham confirmed his position on CBS' Face the Nation and in a joint statement with McCain; Marco Rubio still hasn't decided, but McCain... 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 »

Senate Bigwigs: Russia Hack 'Should Alarm Every American'

Bipartisan group demands investigation, says CIA report 'cannot become a partisan issue'

(Newser) - Two prominent Republicans and two prominent Democrats wasted little time in demanding a bipartisan investigation into the CIA's claim that Russian hackers worked to throw the 2016 election Donald Trump's way, reports Politico . "Democrats and Republicans must work together, and across the jurisdictional lines of the Congress,... More »

First Friction Emerges Between Trump, House Republicans

They want him to focus on tax reform

(Newser) - Donald Trump isn't going to have a honeymoon period with House Republicans, if the frosty response to his call for a 35% tariff on companies leaving the US is anything to go by. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was among those pushing back against the policies Trump called for... More »

Schumer 'Very Concerned' About Sessions on Civil Rights

But Politico notes he'll likely be confirmed as attorney general

(Newser) - Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's controversial pick for Attorney General, has been accused of racism —and incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has concerns. "Given some of his past statements and his staunch opposition to immigration reform, I am very concerned about what he would do with... More »

Chuck Schumer Is Senate's New Minority Leader

And Mitch McConnell wins re-election as majority leader

(Newser) - The pieces are starting to fall into place for a Donald Trump presidency, and on Wednesday that came in the form of two major legislative appointments. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer received a unanimous vote by Senate Democrats during a closed-door meeting to become the minority leader who will succeed... More »

Schumer Says Grayson Should Drop Out of Senate Race

Rep. Alan Grayson was recently accused of abuse by his ex-wife

(Newser) - That crazy Florida senate race just got crazier, with high-ranking Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer calling on Rep. Alan Grayson to drop out. Schumer tells Politico that Grayson—one of the Democrats currently in a primary fight to run against Marco Rubio in November—has "shown himself not to be... More »

Senate Rejects Plan to Stop Airline Seats Shrinking

Amendment would have set seat size standards

(Newser) - Airline seats are getting smaller, Americans are getting bigger—and the Senate has decided the issue is none of its business. A proposal from Sen. Charles Schumer to do something about ever-shrinking airline seats and legroom was rejected Thursday by a 54-to-42 vote, with almost every Republican in the chamber... More »

Top Jewish Democrat Rejects Iran Deal

Schumer thinks Iran isn't going to change

(Newser) - Sen. Chuck Schumer, the top Jewish Democrat in Congress, has dealt President Obama's Iran deal a major blow but probably not a fatal one. The NY senator says that after "considerable soul-searching," he has decided to oppose the deal, which means Obama will have a harder task... More »

Madonna's Unusual Opener: Amy Schumer

Her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, clarifies that it's not him

(Newser) - Madonna might well get upstaged by her opening act in three upcoming shows in New York City, though not musically. Comedian Amy Schumer will do the honors for the mid-September shows, reports Billboard . The news comes with two unusual tweets: The first, from Schumer, is a video clip of her... More »

Reid Backs Schumer to Replace Him

Jockeying begins to determine who will lead Senate Democrats

(Newser) - Unless Dick Durbin makes a stink about it, it appears that Chuck Schumer will replace Harry Reid as the Senate's Democratic leader come 2016. In an interview after announcing that he would not run for re-election, Reid tells the Washington Post that the New York senator is his pick.... More »

After 30 Years, Lawmakers Are No Longer Roomies

Schumer, Durbin, Miller say goodbye to 'Alpha House'

(Newser) - George, Rich, and Chuck have lived like typical roommates for the last 30 years, poking fun at Chuck for dropping crumbs, having heated battles over whether Cheerios or Frosted Mini-Wheats is best, and getting on each other for not picking up after themselves. But last week, they packed up and... More »

Krugman: Schumer Blew It by Trashing ObamaCare

Democrats' big mistake is running from the law instead of embracing it, he writes

(Newser) - Paul Krugman today marshals a slew of stats to make the case that ObamaCare has been a clear success story in its first year. And while he expects Republicans to continue thinking otherwise, he writes in the New York Times that it's "disturbing" prominent Democrats such as Chuck... More »

Pols Demand Missile Defenses on Airliners

Thousands of surface-to-air missiles believed owned by terrorists

(Newser) - A pair of prominent legislators are reviving a decade-old measure that would outfit passenger planes with anti-missile technology, at a cost of up to $2 million per $200 million plane, the New York Post reports. Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Steve Israel want on-board lasers, warning systems, flares, and infrared... More »

Senate Dems: We Need an Amendment on Campaign Cash

Schumer says Supreme Court rulings have gone too far

(Newser) - Senate Democrats think the Supreme Court has made a mess of campaign finance rules, and they plan to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment this year to remedy the problem, reports Roll Call . Chuck Schumer announced the future vote today, arguing that decisions such as Citizens United , which unleashed huge... More »

Latest Sochi Mess Is Over ... Yogurt

Russia won't let Chobani in, and Alpine skiers can't find any brand

(Newser) - It's the creature comforts that are apparently lacking in Sochi, from functioning toilets to ... yogurt. The latest brouhaha to hit the region is a very dairy one. Issue No. 1: Sen. Chuck Schumer is very peeved that US athletes have been unable to get their hands on Chobani yogurt,... More »

House's Plastic-Gun Ban Has a Dangerous Loophole

It doesn't take into account 3D technology: Eleanor Clift

(Newser) - The good news is that the House yesterday passed in bipartisan fashion a 10-year extension of a law that requires guns to include metal parts, writes Eleanor Clift at the Daily Beast . In theory, then, the measure makes it a lot tougher to smuggle weapons through the metal detectors of,... More »

Iran: We're Going to Produce Way More Oil

Even if it means tanking global crude prices

(Newser) - Following an initial nuclear deal between Tehran and the West, Iran is planning to ramp up its oil production, its oil minister says. "We will produce 4 million even if the price drops to $20," says Bijan Namdar Zanganeh. That's about a sixth of the current price,... More »

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