Alan Fram

GOP advances tax overhaul; shutdown still a threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans held together and shoved their signature tax overhaul a crucial step ahead Nov. 28 as wavering GOP senators showed a growing openness.

But its fate remained uncertain, and a planned White House summit aimed at averting a government shutdown was derailed when President Donald Trump savaged top Democrats and declared on Twitter, “I don’t see a deal!”

GOP fails again on Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing assured defeat, Republican leaders decided Sept. 26 not to even hold a vote on the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, surrendering on their last-gasp effort to deliver on the party’s banner campaign promise.

“The bill is dead as a door nail,” said Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., leaving a luncheon where GOP senators decided against holding a futile roll call.

Senators split over Obamacare vote

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump accused Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a fellow Republican, of disappointing the country by opposing the GOP effort to demolish the Obama health care law, after initial votes demonstrated the party will be hard pressed to make any sweeping changes in the statute.

Trump tells GOP to keep its promises to replace Obamacare

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on July 19 stepped up the pressure on reluctant Republicans to erase much of Barack Obama’s health care law, tweeting, “They MUST keep their promise to America” and vowing the measure would improve at his White House lunch with senators.

In a last-ditch effort to revive the bill, Trump invited all 52 Republicans to the White House, a day after the GOP’s seven-year quest crashed and burned in a humiliating defeat for the president, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the GOP.

GOP sets goal for Obamacare repeal by Feb. 20

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's "first order of business" will be to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and replace it, but Republicans must avoid hurting consumers as they do that, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Jan. 4.

Sixteen days before leaving the White House, Obama championed his landmark overhaul before Democratic lawmakers and urged them to remind voters of how the statute has helped them.

"Look out for the American people," Obama said as he left the meeting in response to shouted questions.

Budget compromise includes lifting of oil export ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders girded Wednesday to push a Christmas compromise on tax cuts and spending through the House and Senate by week's end, extending dozens of tax breaks for businesses and families and financing 2016 government operations.

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