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After six months in office, Trump looks for legislative victories

3:00 am Jul. 20, 2017

President Donald Trump marks six full months in office on Thursday, still pressing lawmakers in the House and Senate to act on a bill to overhaul the Obama health law, as the Republican Congress continues to struggle on a variety of fronts to produce a major legislative victory for Mr. Trump, with no action yet on tax cuts, a balanced budget or government reforms.

But the President’s backers argue that while

Trump presses for action as GOP talks resume on health care bill

2:56 pm Jul. 19, 2017

Changing his mind yet again on health care, President Donald Trump on Wednesday directly urged Republicans in the Senate to keep searching for a deal on a bill to overhaul the Obama health law, spurring a new flurry of negotiations among GOP Senators, as top Republicans vowed to hold a vote next week to start debate on the health care plan.

“There is a large majority in our conference that want

Trump kicks off first meeting of panel on voter fraud

11:02 am Jul. 19, 2017

President Donald Trump gave his strong support to a special commission tasked with uncovering voter fraud in the United States, telling the first meeting of the group that it’s time to find out more about illegal votes possibly “canceling out the votes of lawful American citizens.”

“Any form of illegal or fraudulent voting – whether by non-citizens or the deceased,” Mr. Trump said, “must be stopped.”

“Every time voter fraud occurs, it

No Senate vote on GOP health care plan until at least next week

8:15 pm Jul. 18, 2017

With GOP efforts in Congress on hold to overhaul the Obama health law, Republican leaders threatened to force wayward GOP Senators to go on the record and publicly record their vote in opposition to plans to repeal chunks of the Obama health law, but such a health care showdown on the Senate floor was put off until at least early next week.

“As of today, we just simply do not have

No Senate vote on GOP health care plan until at least next week

8:15 pm Jul. 18, 2017

With GOP efforts in Congress on hold to overhaul the Obama health law, Republican leaders threatened to force wayward GOP Senators to go on the record and publicly record their vote in opposition to plans to repeal chunks of the Obama health law, but such a health care showdown on the Senate floor was put off until at least early next week.

“As of today, we just simply do not have

GOP backup plan on health care quickly runs aground in Senate

12:34 pm Jul. 18, 2017

Republican efforts to pass legislation to overhaul the Obama health law quickly collapsed on Tuesday, as more than enough GOP Senators signaled that they would not support a plan from Senate leaders to pass a plan to repeal large chunks of Obamacare, but not immediately approve any legislation to replace that health care system.

“We can’t just hope that we will pass a replacement within the next two years,”

GOP changes plan in scramble to save health care bill

6:47 am Jul. 18, 2017

Republicans arrived at work on Tuesday morning with a GOP effort to overhaul the Obama health law at its most vulnerable point in 2017, a day after two Republican Senators jointly announced their opposition, leading

GOP health care bill suffers major setback as two Senate Republicans announce opposition

7:53 pm Jul. 17, 2017

The White House push to approve a bill to overhaul the Obama health law suffered a major setback Monday night, as two more GOP Senators announced their opposition to the plan, effectively sending top Republicans back to the drawing board, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would bring up a bill in coming days that was vetoed by President Obama in early 2016, which repealed parts of the

GOP treads water in Senate on health care bill

2:32 pm Jul. 17, 2017

With Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) not on Capitol Hill because of his own health care issues, as he deals with a blood clot that was removed from over his left eye, the effort to get a GOP bill to overhaul the Obama health law through the Senate remains on hold this week, as Republican leaders said Monday they would still push ahead on a bill which has struggled to get

More struggles for Trump agenda in the Congress

7:37 pm Jul. 16, 2017

An expected push for a vote this week in the Senate on a GOP bill that overhauls the Obama health law seems to be on hold now because of a major health issue for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), as President Donald Trump’s agenda continues to need a jump start from both the House and Senate, with legislative stumbling blocks in the way of health care, a budget blueprint, next year’s