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Indiana GOP Leaders Kicking the Tires on Tolling for New Construction and/or Express Lanes

WIBC reports, “Senate Republicans are flashing a yellow light on charging tolls as part of a road funding package. House Republicans’ road plan includes asking the federal government for permission to add tolls on existing roads. Senate President Pro Tem David Long says Governor Holcomb’s already expressed uneasiness with tolls, and says he agrees. Show More Summary

Pompeo CIA confirmation vote: A preview of the 2020 presidential debate?

Monday night’s Senate vote on Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo as CIA director was a preview of the battle – and the views of some key players – concerning privacy … Click to Continue »

The Phoniness of Republican Moderation

Three days into the new administration, here is all you need to know about whether Republicans will indeed stand up to Donald Trump: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 11-10 along party lines to recommend Rex Tillerson’s confirmation as secretary of state. The 11 included Marco Rubio, the former and … Continue reading ?

McCain/Thornberry Military Plan would Boost Spending, Deficits, and Dangers

Congressional Republicans have a new plan for a military spending boost. John McCain, the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, last week released a report calling for a $54 billion increase in 2018 Pentagon spending and a $430 billion increase above current Pentagon plans for the next five fiscal years. Show More Summary

Senate confirms Pompeo as next CIA director

The Senate voted to confirm Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The 53-year-old Pompeo, who was just elected for his fourth term … Click to Continue »

Live blogging a first read on Cassidy-Collins

Senators Cassidy (R-LA) and Collins (R-ME) released a potential healthcare replacement plan this afternoon. Several other Republican Senators have signed on as co-sponsors. There are enough to form a plausible minimal blocking coalition for Repeal and Delay. Now let’s see if this bill is any good and worth Democratic votes. I’ll be reading through sections […]

States – like Congress – are divided on replacing Obamacare

Senate Republicans say they’ll insure more Americans than President Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act and do it more cheaply – by giving power to the states. But just like … Click to Continue »

Chuck Schumer: Republicans Should Call Out Trump Administration Lies

3 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON ? Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) berated Republicans Monday for their silence during President Donald Trump’s “bizarre” first weekend, in which Trump and his administration attacked the press and spread false...Show More Summary

U.S. Senate Committee Narrowly Backs Tillerson as Trump's Secretary of State

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 11-10 to approve Tillerson, with every committee Republican backing Tillerson and every Democrat opposing his nomination.

GOP lawmaker deletes Twitter account after mocking anti-Trump protesters with pssy retweet

3 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Nebraska State Sen. Bill Kintner has suspended his Twitter account after backlash to a retweet making light of sexual assault, reports Omaha.com. On Saturday, the Republican senator endorsed the following sentiment by retweeting a joke by Larry Elder, a radio personality. Kintner’s retweet...

Senate Democrats want a second confirmation hearing for Betsy 'potential grizzlies' DeVos

Campaign Action Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, got a high-speed, abbreviated confirmation hearing thanks to Republicans presumably wanting to protect her from embarrassment of the sort she managed anyway, with...Show More Summary

Update: A Tax Compromise Offered in Illinois

Earlier this month I highlighted a potential tax compromise brewing in Illinois. State senate Republicans and Democrats released a proposal to increase Illinois’s individual income tax and corporate income tax, expand the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit, and create a statewide sugary beverage tax, among other things. Show More Summary

Two GOP senators propose giving states option to keep Obamacare

Two Republican senators said Monday that they'll propose legislation that lets states keep Obamacare or opt for a new program providing trimmed-down coverage. Continue reading ? The post Two GOP senators propose giving states option to keep Obamacare appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Senate Democrats Want A Second Chance To Grill Betsy DeVos

6 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

Senate Democrats are asking for another chance to question Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, although a Republican Senate aide said that’s not going to happen. DeVos appeared before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to answer questions last Tuesday evening. Show More Summary

2 GOP senators just unveiled a curious first attempt in the bid to replace Obamacare

Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy and Susan Collins introduced the first Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement bill from the GOP on Monday, called the Patient Freedom Act. Based on the fact sheet for the bill, it's a curious opening salvo...Show More Summary

GOP Senate chair rejects Democrats' bid for second hearing on Trump education nominee

6 hours agoNews : USAToday: News

The Republican chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Monday rejected a formal request from Democrats to...        

Republicans propose giving US states option to keep Obamacare

6 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Two Republican senators said on Monday that U.S. states should be allowed to stay in the Obamacare healthcare insurance program if they like, with one adding she felt confused by President Donald Trump’s broad but unspecific executive order targeting the program. Trump and congressional...

When Trump and GOP leaders lack a plan, others jump in

CNN reports: Two Republican senators introduced legislation Monday to replace Obamacare amid mounting pressure on the GOP to craft an alternative to the massive healthcare law. Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Susan Collins of Maine unveiled a bill that they are describing as an “Obamacare replacement plan.” The duo is promising that the proposal […]

Republican senator: Trump's Obamacare order 'confusing;' replacement law needed

7 hours agoHealth : Reuters: Health

(Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Susan Collins called President Donald Trump's executive order against Obamacare "very confusing" on Monday, saying whatever actions the Trump administration takes, legislation will still be needed to replace the health insurance law.

Senate to vote on CIA director

Rep. Mike Pompeo, a conservative Republican from Kansas and a member of the House intelligence committee, faced a mostly nonconfrontational confirmation hearing on Jan. 12. If confirmed, Pompeo would take the helm at the nation's top spy agency at a critical time for U.S. Show More Summary

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