Major insurance groups call part of health bill ‘unworkable’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the insurance industry’s most powerful organizations say a crucial provision in the Senate Republican health care bill allowing the sale of bare-bones policies is “unworkable in any form,” delivering a blow to party leaders’ efforts to win support for their legislation. The language was crafted by conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, […]

GOP ready to try pushing new health bill through Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s ready to unwrap his latest bill repealing much of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Another top Republican says the measure will likely keep a pair of tax hikes on wealthier Americans that Obama’s statute imposed to help finance its expanded coverage. McConnell, R-Ky., said […]

Senate GOP leaders hope for health care vote next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders are hoping to stage a climactic vote on their health care bill next week, though internal rifts over divisive issues like coverage requirements and Medicaid cuts leave the timing and even the measure’s fate in question. “We need to start voting” on the GOP bill scuttling much of President Barack […]

GOP may keep Obama tax on wealthy in bid to save health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republicans may try preserving a tax boost on high earners enacted by President Barack Obama in a bid to woo party moderates and rescue their sputtering push to repeal his health care overhaul. The break from dogma by a party that has long reviled tax boosts — and most things […]

Senate GOP shelves health bill, imperils ‘Obamacare’ repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate GOP leaders abruptly shelved their long-sought health care overhaul Tuesday, asserting they can still salvage it but raising new doubts about whether President Donald Trump and the Republicans will ever deliver on their promises to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced a delay for any voting at a […]

Senate leaders scramble to save health bill amid defections

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders scrambled Tuesday to rescue their health care bill, in deepening jeopardy as opposition from rebellious Republicans intensified. The defections loomed as Congress’ nonpartisan budget referee said the measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than President Barack Obama’s law. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was hoping to […]

GOP’s challenge: finding votes for Senate health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally unwrapped his plan for dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law. Now comes his next challenge — persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that could be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP. McConnell released the bill Thursday after […]

Lawmakers urge Trump to avoid picking a partisan for FBI job

HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump considers a replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey, lawmakers are urging the president to steer clear of appointing any politicians. The advice came Sunday amid more criticism over Trump’s dismissal of Comey during an FBI probe of Russia’s meddling with last year’s election […]

Massive Trump tax cuts face big hurdles as debt mounts

STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press JOSH BOAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing tax cuts for individuals and businesses even as Washington struggles with mounting debt and the populist president tries to make good on promises to bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class. Trump is scheduled Wednesday to unveil the […]

Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to become the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court Friday, elevating Donald Trump’s nominee following a corrosive partisan confrontation that could have lasting impacts for the Senate and the court. Vice President Mike Pence was presiding as the Senate voted 54-45 […]