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Senate rejects repeal-only ObamaCare plan

Senate rejects repeal-only health care bill
Senators on Wednesday rejected a key proposal that would repeal much of ObamaCare despite intense pressure from conservatives.

Senators voted 55-45 against an amendment from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and give lawmakers two years to come up with a replacement.

GOP Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Susan Collins (Maine), Dean Heller (Nev.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Rob Portman (Ohio) joined all Democrats in voting no.

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Senate Judiciary Committee panel drops Manafort subpoena

Paul ManafortThe Senate Judiciary Committee has dropped a subpoena against Paul Manafort and plans are underway for the former Trump campaign chairman to speak to investigators, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.

Manafort separately provided information to the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday on a June 2016 meeting he participated in with a Kremlin-connected lawyer who had promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

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Senate advances health care bill as McCain makes dramatic return, Pence breaks tie

US SenateSenate Republicans voted to advance to floor debate on their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tiebreaking vote.

In a dramatic moment, Sen. John McCain returned from Arizona to applause from fellow senators. He case a necessary Republican vote for the motion after two GOP senators sided with all Democrats in opposition.

As the vote began, protesters in the Senate gallery shouted "kill the bill" and "shame, shame, shame!"

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Kushner to Senate staffers: 'I Did Not Collude' with Russia

Jared Kushner testifies before Senate staffers

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, plans to testify to the Senate intelligence committee on Monday morning that he "did not collude" with Russia or any other foreign government.

"I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government," Kushner states in prepared testimony submitted to the committee and made public ahead of the meeting Monday. "I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector."

TVNL Comment: Watch for updates as the Kushner testimony continues.

Update: 11:00 am: President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, released new details Monday about his contacts with Russian officials, including a previously undisclosed encounter with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak in April 2016.

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Chuck Schumer Says Senate Democrats Are Open To Single-Payer Health Care

Chuck SchumerSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) argued Sunday that it’s time for the Democratic party to take a “bold” approach on economic issues, adding a single-payer health care system is “on the table.”

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Schumer previewed the economic agenda his party plans to roll out this week. He acknowledged that Democrats failed to win over voters in the 2016 election with a clear economic message, and said his coalition plans to change that.

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GOP Senators Moran and Lee announce their opposition to Trump's health care bill

GOP health care billOnly hours after the Senate was gaveled back into session, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was handed devastating news Monday evening: Two more defections on his health care bill that could doom the entire effort for the foreseeable future.

The dramatic simultaneous announcement from Sens. Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah means McConnell officially does not have the votes to even begin debate on his legislation to overhaul Obamacare.

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Gowdy poised to replace Chaffetz as Oversight chief

Gowdy poised tp re[;ace ChaffetzRep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is expected to become the next chairman of the House Oversight Committee, replacing Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) in the high-profile post when he leaves Congress late next month, according to multiple senior House Republicans.

Gowdy, who led the Republican investigation into the Benghazi terror attacks, has started buttonholing members of the House Steering Committee in recent days to build support. Five members of that panel, which decides committee assignments, told POLITICO that Gowdy would easily win a race for the high-profile position.

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