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Laura Litvan

Trump Embraces Senate GOP Health Bill

President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged Republican senators to support a last-ditch proposal to repeal Obamacare after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to promise a vote on the measure.

Here’s What’s in Republicans’ Latest Obamacare Repeal Bill

When Republicans in the U.S. Senate fell one vote short in July, it looked like their seven-year bid to undo the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, had failed. Now there’s an effort to see if a different repeal bill, known as Graham-Cassidy, can make it through the Senate before a Sept. 30 deadline. Proponents say it would put reshaping health insurance in the hands of the states. Its detractors call it the same old steep cuts in coverage in a new wrapper.

Senate GOP Has 12 Days to Repeal Obamacare and No Room for Error

Senate Republicans making one last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare have the daunting task of assembling 50 votes for an emotionally charged bill with limited details on how it would work, what it would cost and how it would affect health coverage -- all in 12 days.

Trump and Democrats Near Another Deal, This Time on ‘Dreamers’

President Donald Trump said he’s close to a deal with congressional Democrats to permanently safeguard from deportation nearly a million immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children -- people whose protections he promised as a candidate to end on his first day in office.

It Will Take Time for Trump to Repair His Moral Authority, GOP Senator Says

It will take time for President Donald Trump to recover his moral authority after saying both sides were to blame for violence at a white-supremacist rally in August, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, the chamber’s only African-American Republican, said Wednesday after meeting with the president.

Senate Passes Debt-Limit Deal Trump Struck With Democrats

The Senate voted to extend the U.S. debt limit as part of a $15.25 billion bill providing funds for Hurricane Harvey victims under a deal struck by President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders that roiled Republican lawmakers.

Trump Risks GOP Civil War in Pushing Congress for ‘Dreamer’ Bill

President Donald Trump’s decision to end an Obama-era program preventing the deportation of immigrants illegally brought to the U.S. as children risks a deep wedge between the Republican Party’s leaders and its conservative base ahead of next year’s congressional elections.

Trump’s Threats Over North Korea Belie Limits on His Options

Hours after North Korea said it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, President Donald Trump mused about new sanctions that would mean cutting off trade with China while his defense chief talked of military options. Neither is likely to happen.

Mnuchin Says Debt Limit Hike Should Be Linked to Harvey Aid

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Congress should combine an initial package of relief for victims of Harvey with a boost in the nation’s debt limit, saying lawmakers need to “put politics aside” to ensure that those trying to recover from the storm get the help they need.

Trump Escalates War of Words Against Senate Leader McConnell

President Donald Trump repeatedly slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over the past two days over the failure of Congress to eliminate Obamacare, escalating a war of words with a fellow Republican who is key to advancing the president’s agenda.

Mueller Using Washington Grand Jury in Russia Probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller is using a federal grand jury in Washington to help collect information as he probes Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion by Trump campaign associates, according to three people familiar with the investigation.

Senate Republicans Seek to Move Past GOP-Only Health Debate

Top Senate Republicans are trying to move on from their partisan drive to replace Obamacare despite urging from President Donald Trump to keep seeking a broad alternative to President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement.

Obamacare Repeal Fails Early in Senate Health-Care Debate

The Senate rejected a simple repeal of Obamacare on Wednesday, still in the early stages of an unpredictable floor debate on health care amid significant doubts that Republicans can muster the 50 votes needed to pass any kind of bill.

Senate Holds Vote to Begin Health Debate Despite Uncertainty

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called a vote Tuesday to begin the process of repealing Obamacare after key Republican holdouts on health-care legislation said would they will vote to begin debate even though senators don’t know exactly where the legislation will end up.

Ailing John McCain Will Fly to Washington for Health-Care Vote

U.S. Senator John McCain, who underwent surgery last week for brain cancer, will return to Washington Tuesday as the Senate prepares to take up embattled healthcare legislation, a dramatic development that could boost Republican efforts to get enough votes to pass the measure.

Senate Health Bill Prospects Worsen After Procedural Setback

The Senate parliamentarian issued a preliminary finding that key parts of Republicans’ health-care proposal don’t qualify for a fast-track procedure being used by the GOP, dramatically complicating Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s already slim prospects of passing a bill next week.

GOP Senator Blasts McConnell in New Setback for Health Bill

Republican Senator Ron Johnson accused Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of “a real breach of trust” by telling some Republicans privately that long-term cuts conservatives demanded to Medicaid provisions of the party’s embattled health-care bill are unlikely to ever take effect.

No CBO Health Score Monday as McConnell Delays Vote for McCain

The Congressional Budget Office won’t release a score on the revised Republican health care bill on Monday, as many had expected, as consideration of the controversial measure is delayed by a medical scare for one of its potential Senate backers.

GOP Drops Insurance Executive Tax Break in Health Bill, Aide Says

Senate Republicans have dropped plans to provide a tax break for health-insurance executives’ pay in a revised health-care bill that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has sent to the Congressional Budget Office, according to a Republican aide familiar with the plan.

McConnell Takes a Risk With Talk of Bipartisan Health-Care Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking a risk by calling for a bipartisan health-care plan if the Republican-only bill fails: While his comments may encourage conservatives to fall in line with his approach, party moderates may be emboldened to abandon the GOP legislation.

Senate GOP Leaders Said to Aim for New Health Plan in Two Weeks

Senate Republican leaders trying to break a logjam on their proposed health-care legislation are working with congressional budget officials to examine the impact of various changes they’re considering, a process that could take about two weeks, according to a GOP aide.

McConnell Scrambles to Win GOP Votes on Troubled Health Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may have bought himself some time by delaying a vote on his embattled health-care bill, but he faces a difficult and narrow path in trying to deliver on seven years of promises to repeal Obamacare.