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 […]

Gorsuch heads for confirmation as Senate tears up own rules

ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, is headed for confirmation after Republicans tore up the Senate’s voting rules to allow him to ascend to the high court over furious Democratic objections. Democrats denounced the GOP’s use of what both sides dubbed the “nuclear option” to […]

Senate begins debate on Gorsuch, headed for showdown

ERICA WERNER, Associated Press MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have secured the votes to block President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee under current rules, putting the Senate on a partisan collision course over confirming Neil Gorsuch to a lifetime appointment that could reverberate for decades. Debate over the 49-year-old appellate judge […]

Congress seen as not likely to pass tax overhaul quickly

STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After their humiliating loss on health care, Republicans in Congress could use a quick victory on a big issue. It won’t be an overhaul of the tax code. Overhauling the tax code could prove harder to accomplish than repealing and replacing Barack Obama’s health law. Congressional Republicans are […]

McConnell confident Dems won’t keep Gorsuch off high court

KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A showdown loomed over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Tuesday as the number of Democrats opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch grew to more than 25. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Gorsuch would be confirmed next week regardless of the Democratic opposition. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the […]