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House Freedom Caucus backs amended GOP health care bill
The conservative House Freedom Caucus , which stymied recent efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare last month, announced Wednesday that it is backing the GOP health care bill with the inclusion of the MacArthur Amendment. "Due to improvements to the AHCA and the addition of Rep. Tom MacArthur’s
When is a wall not a wall? GOP redefines Trump's border wall
Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump's border wall: It's not really a wall
Key House Republicans Give Up On Immigration Reform Gang
The chances of comprehensive immigration reform becoming a reality in the near future are increasingly unlikely. The group of lawmakers working on the issue in the House of Representatives shrank to five today after Rep. John Carter (R-TX) and Sam Johnson (R-TX) pulled out of the bipartisan gang of
Traffic Jams and Cantaloupes for Immigration Reform
Forty-one activists blocked traffic in front of the Capitol on Thursday morning, hoping to prod Congress into action on an immigration reform. Specifically, one that offers citizenship to the country's 11 million undocumented immigrants. After sitting down in the middle of the street and
Congresswoman's 'Miracle' Baby Defying Potter's Syndrome Odds
Facing long odds after a heartbreaking prenatal diagnosis, Rep. Jaimie Herrera Beutler has announced the birth of her daughter, Abigail Rose Beutler, who suffers from a rare medical condition known as Potter’s syndrome. “With great joy, gratitude and hope, we are pleased to share with...
The Note: Will Harry Reid Nuke The Senate?
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES DUCK AND COVER: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has set up a potentially “nuclear” showdown with Republicans over President Obama’s executive nominees for next week, ABC’s ARLETTE SAENZ reports. Reid filed cloture Thursday on seven executive ...
5 Signs That the Immigration Debate Is About to Get Ugly
Republican representatives huddled on Wednesday to talk strategy, but the message was basically the same as it's been from the start: a big immigration bill that allows undocumented immigrants to become citizens isn't going anywhere in the House. One thing that appears to be changing is the tone of
House GOP Unmoved by Senate Immigration Vote
If you needed a reminder that comprehensive immigration reform faces an uphill climb in the House of Representatives, look no further than the words of two members who have been working on the issue for years. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla who's helping craft an immigration bill in the House, said
Grilling Season Starts Early On Capitol Hill (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES THE PLOT THICKENS (AGAIN): The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted Tea Party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation, ABC’s JOHN PARKINSON ...
Immigration Overhaul: Senate Moves Forward, House Plays Catch-Up
After three days of immigration bill markups, the Senate Judiciary Committee appears to be steadily plowing ahead, while the House group finally makes headway on its own bipartisan proposal. The House bipartisan group that seemed to have stalled earlier today announced it is finally moving...