Mitch McConnell

“Next week will be fine”: GOP senators say they’re ready to vote on AHCA at lightning speed

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to put Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act up for a vote within one week if it clears the House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon.<p>“We’re not slowing down,” McConnell told reporters on Tuesday. “We will reach a conclusion on health care next …

U.S. Congress

Republicans Can Bust The Gorsuch Filibuster, But Can They Take What Happens Next?

The Democrats had to filibuster. The Republicans left them with literally no other choice.

Law

Chao: Trump tapped into 'a strain of anxiety,' 'fear'

President Trump’s Transportation secretary says he tapped into “a strain of anxiety” and “fear” during the election that helped catapult him to …

Elaine Chao

Senate GOP hedges on ObamaCare repeal timeline

Senate Republicans are starting to publicly hedge on when they'll be able to repeal and replace ObamaCare as their House counterparts struggle to …

Government

Mitch McConnell Ran Out of F*cks to Give a Long Time Ago

Profiles in chutzpah.<p>WASHINGTON—Remember that old law school wheeze about the guy who kills both parents and then pleads for mercy because he's an orphan? That is often given as the legal definition of chutzpah. Well, courtesy of <i>Tiger Beat On The Potomac,</i> here's a little chutzpah to go with your …

Republicans

Democrats Exploring Deal With McConnell On Gorsuch Nomination

The desire to preserve the judicial filibuster for future nominees is prompting some talk.<p>WASHINGTON ― A group of Democratic senators is contemplating trying to cut a deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): giving him an up-or-down vote on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch if he …

U.S. Congress

Mitch McConnell’s Trumpcare Plan Is to Lose Fast

Trumpcare may or may not grind out enough votes to pass the House. In the Senate, it’s hopelessly short of the 50 votes it needs. Senate Majority …

Republicans

After Bashing Obamacare for High Deductibles, the GOP Has Crafted a Health Care Plan That Raises Deductibles

Republicans like Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have often pointed to the high insurance deductibles that Americans face under Obamacare as …

Health Care

Senate nixes Obama-era workplace safety rule

The Senate voted on Wednesday to roll back an Obama-era safety regulation. Senators voted 50-48 to nix the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and …

Government

Trump’s Transportation chief tweets ‘SUE HIS VERY SOUL’ in apparent hack

The Twitter account of President Trump’s Transportation secretary was apparently hacked Wednesday, resulting in a tweet encouraging a House Democrat …

Government

U.S. Senate to vote on Montenegro's NATO membership

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will vote next week on the ratification of Montenegro as the newest member of the NATO alliance, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday, after the Trump administration urged lawmakers to take up the long-delayed matter.<p>Reuters reported on …

NATO

These Senators Can Kill Trumpcare, and McConnell Can’t Do Much to Stop Them

Though it looks like the American Health Care Act may come up several votes short when the House votes on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch …

Health Care

McConnell Warns Republicans on Voting Against Health Care Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned his fellow republicans that they would not want to be the ones “responsible” for preventing “us from keeping the commitment” to replace Obamacare.

Politics

GOP Prepares to Go Nuclear Over Gorsuch

As Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have taken turns trying to pin down a wily Neil Gorsuch about his judicial philosophy, views on controversial …

Politics

No wonder Republicans are in a hurry: Support for Trumpcare is dropping

Republicans are trying to get Trumpcare passed as quickly as ever they can, and there’s a reason for that: they need to get it done before voters …

Elections

McConnell criticizes Trump's proposed State Dept. cuts

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellMcConnell criticizes Trump's proposed State Dept. cuts Senate to take up ObamaCare repeal next …

Government

McConnell rejects Trump's proposed cuts to foreign aid, medical research

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday shot down prospects for major parts of President Donald Trump's budget, rejecting proposed cuts to foreign aid and medical research.<p>"Every president sends up a budget, and with all due respect to the current president, I can't recall any time in …

Government

The GOP Is Out of Excuses on Health Care

Although this week got off to a crackling start with high-profile hearings on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination and potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the event with the largest consequences for the Trump administration and the Republican congressional …

Health Care

Happy Hour Roundup

* Andrew Roth reports on the latest developments in the Trump-Russia scandal:<p>A Ukrainian lawmaker released new financial documents Tuesday allegedly showing that a former campaign chairman for President Trump laundered payments from the party of a disgraced ex-leader of Ukraine using offshore …

Opinion

Mitch McConnell Announced Trump’s First Lower Court Nominee Before The White House Did

Amid hearings on President Trump’s nominee for the US Supreme Court, the White House announced Trump’s first lower court nominee — Judge Amul Thapar, a Kentucky jurist who was on Trump’s Supreme Court short list during the campaign.<p>WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell beat the White …

The White House

Matthews Goes Bonkers, Demands GOP Confirm Garland or Else, Not Gorsuch

Loony MSNBC host Chris Matthews concluded Tuesday night’s <i>Hardball</i> with a loud berating of Senate Republicans and Senate Majority Leader Mitch …

Conservative POV

Ahead of Trump visit, Paul hopes health proposal will fail

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he hopes the Republican health care proposal will fail so that "true negotiations" can begin.<p>Paul spoke to a group of …

Health Care

Remember Merrick Garland at the ballot box in 2018

In his March 17 Washington Forum essay, “ End the war on judicial nominations ,” James Robertson said one of the main reasons Democrats oppose the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is a “tit for tat” response to the Senate’s failure to consider Judge Merrick Garland’s …

Opinion

Donald Trump and Neil Gorsuch Collect On Mitch McConnell’s Big Bet

Keeping Scalia’s seat open gave Republicans who weren’t sold on Trump a huge reason to vote for him in November.<p>Back in 2009, when President Obama was trying to pass his stimulus package, conservative Erick Erickson accused then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of “spreading a cancer of …

Republicans

McConnell: Federal job creation agency won't be cut

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he'll fight a proposal to eliminate a 52-year-old federal agency that seeks to create jobs.<p>McConnell …

Business

Mitch McConnell's Senate moves slowly during Trump's first 100 days

Mitch McConnell’s Senate moves slowly. Even more slowly than the 100-member chamber often moves during the first 100 days of a new presidency.<p>The …

U.S. Congress

AHCA: A political disaster, a substantive outrage

President Trump is having no success selling the American Health Care Act to voters, according to a new Huffington Post/YouGov poll:<p>The public opposes the bill released by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and backed by President Donald Trump by a 21-point margin ― 45 percent to 24 percent ― …

Opinion

Why Paul Ryan needs Donald Trump so badly on health care

<i>Paul Kane, The Post's lead congressional reporter, is a legendary emailer. His emails, which I have been lucky enough to have received more than a decade, are smart, funny and deeply insightful. Before I leave The Post for good next Friday, PK and I did one last email exchange — this one on the</i> …

U.S. Congress

Trump may not last a year, his Supreme Court shouldn't last generations

The Senate has scheduled confirmation hearings for President Trump’s nominee, Neil Gorsuch, to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court to begin on …

Republicans

Republicans move to curb Dem powers in the states

Republicans who control legislatures in key states around the country are moving to seize power from Democratic executive officers and independent …

Government