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A Reset For Physicians?

By PAUL KECKLEY Last week, the nominee to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Seema Verma testified before the Senate Finance Committee. She conveyed a message akin to that of her new boss, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a physician and House of Representatives veteran: the federal government has made life

Senate committee considers campaign finance overhaul

South Dakota legislators are weighing a rewrite of state campaign finance laws that could replace provisions of a government ethics overhaul that lawmakers recently repealed. The Senate State Affairs Committee … Click to Continue »

A Secretary Of HHS Who Opposes Women's Health

By Nancy K. Kaufman Last week, in an unprecedented move, Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee voted to suspend the rules requiring a quorum for votes on nominations, allowing them to push through US Representative Tom Price's nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) without the committee's Democratic members present. Show More Summary

How Congress Could Get Trump’s Tax Returns

CNN: “Thanks to a little-known and rarely used provision in the law, either the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee or the Joint Committee on Taxation may request anyone’s tax returns to examine — [...]

Senate Finance, Environment Committee Republicans nuke their rules to move nominations

Yesterday we saw Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee nuke their rules to permit the reporting out of the Mnuchin and Price nominations. Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works committee pulled something similar, though...Show More Summary

House Administration Committee to Mark Up Bill to Eliminate Election Assistance Commission, Presidential Public Financing

Here’s the notice. We’ve seen these moves on the House side before. Presumably, this would be subject to a filibuster by Senate Democrats, but we’ll see. … Continue reading ?

Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch says NAFTA revamp ‘makes sense’

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said on Thursday that a re-examination of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico “makes sense,” but praised the 23-year-old trade pact as a “strong anchor” for markets. Hatch, a Republican from Utah,...

Republican Senators Rush Two Trump Cabinet Nominees Through the Finance Committee

Steve Mnuchin and Tom Price now need to be confirmed to their posts by the full Senate

Republicans Continue to Rush Trump’s Anti-LGBTQ Nominees’ Confirmations Through the Senate

Today, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) took the unprecedented step to suspend the rules of the Senate Finance Committee by unanimous consent with no Democrats present. They then voted, again with no Democrats present, to advance the nomination of Rep. Show More Summary

AP: Republicans “Rammed” Nominees Through Committee With “Brute Political Muscle”

(John Hinderaker) The Democrats are doing everything they can to impede President Trump from assembling his administration. In a particularly pathetic display, all of the Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted the meeting where the nominations of Rep. Show More Summary

Senate Republicans Sacrifice Their Self-Respect To Wave Mnuchin Through

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

Over the past few days, Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee have been holding up the nomination process for President Donald Trump’s chosen Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin (as well as Trump’s pick to run the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price). Show More Summary

Hatch on Senate panel advancing nominations on party-line vote

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) made a statement after the Senate Finance Committee suspended rules requiring Democrats to be present during voting to advance the nominations for Treasury secretary and Health and Human Services secretary. The...Show More Summary

Orrin Hatch Doesn’t Care About Your Stinkin’ Rules

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) suspended rules requiring a quorum for a vote, allowing Price and Mnuchin to advance to the full Senate.

Senate Dems Astonished GOP Colleagues Don't Respect Hissy Fit

NR’s editors, yesterday: Knowing that they cannot sink his nomination, and having no extraordinary reasons to oppose him, Senate Democrats have decided to boycott Tom Price’s Finance Committee confirmation vote — the senatorial equivalent of throwing a temper-tantrum. Show More Summary

Senate panel approves Mnuchin for Treasury secretary after Republicans change the rules

The Senate Finance Committee advanced Steve Mnuchin’s nomination for Treasury secretary Wednesday after Republicans changed rules to stymie a boycott by Democrats. The panel approved Mnuchin despite sharp objections from Democrats about the wealthy Wall Street executive’s tenure as head of Pasadena’s...

Senate Committee Votes to Confirm Pro-Life Rep. Tom Price as HHS Secretary Despite Democrat Boycott

Despite a boycott by Democrats on the panel of the vote, a Senate committee voted to confirm pro-life Congressman Tom Price as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. After Democrats boycotted the Senate Finance Committee vote Tuesday, denying the quorum needed for a vote, Republican chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah called another […]

Senate panel approves Mnuchin as Treasury secretary

A Senate panel is approving President Donald Trump's choice of financier Steven Mnuchin as Treasury secretary. The approval by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday came over objections from Democrats … Click to Continue »

"I don't care what they want at this point," said Orrin Hatch.

"They" = Senate Democrats.Senate Democrats have been failing to attend committee meetings (as a way to stop the confirmation of Trump Cabinet nominees). Hatch is the chair of the Finance Committee where every seat on the Democratic side was empty. Show More Summary

Republicans Buck Boycott, Vote for Price and Mnuchin Without Democrats Present

After a Democratic boycott, Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee changed the rules so they could advance the cabinet nominees by themselves.

GOP advances 2 Trump picks without Dems

Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee had been boycotting Tom Price for HHS and Steven Mnuchin for Treasury.

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