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Gorsuch’s strong performance even wins over mainstream media, Dems

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch won over conservatives with his standout record, but his impeccable performance in Senate hearings this week has earned the judge praise from media figures and some Democrats as well. The Washington Free Beacon reported: On CNN, Jeffrey Toobin said it was clear Gorsuch knew more about the law than any of the senators asking him questions, Wolf Blitzer praised him as "very knowledgeable," Patrick Healy said he had a "natural command," and Gloria Borger called him "completely qualified and everybody knows it." Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Gorsuch during the week over his prior rulings and ...

House Freedom Caucus chairman: ‘We still have major concerns’ with Obamacare replacement bill

While House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows announced earlier this week that members of the caucus will not be bound to vote against the GOP Obamacare replacement legislation, he says a number of the members, himself included, have serious reservations about the bill. USA Today has the details: But just because they were given the OK to vote however they chose didn’t mean everyone was ready to vote yes. Several Freedom Caucus members, including Meadows, said late Monday they still expect most of the group will vote "no." "I think we still have major concerns with this bill," Meadows said after the Freedom Caucus met for their weekly ...

Understanding the Role of the Senate Parliamentarian in the Reconciliation Process


Understanding the Mandates on the Insurance Industry in the American Health Care Act


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Vice President Pence: DeVos confirmation ‘a vote for every child having a chance at world-class education’

Betsy DeVos in an unprecedented vote was confirmed 51-50 today to serve as education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote – the first for a cabinet nominee – per his constitutional authority. “Today’s vote to confirm Education Secretary @BetsyDeVos was a vote for every child having a chance at a world-class education,” Vice President Pence tweeted this afternoon. Education Secretary-designate DeVos has long been a proponent of school choice, championing it in her home state of Michigan where four times she has been elected chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and serves as the chairman of The ...

Senate Finance Committee Chairman: ‘All of the Obamacare taxes need to go’

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is putting his foot down: The taxes that come with Obamacare are on the chopping block and must be included in the repeal of the law – something that is not negotiable. The Hill has the details: “We need to definitively answer the question about what to do with the ObamaCare taxes,” Hatch said in a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. “Some have argued that we should keep all or some of them in place and use them to pay for our eventual replacement package.” But Hatch rejected that idea. “My view is this: After spending seven years talking about the harm being ...

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Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner: Health-insurance market better off before Obamacare

Wisconsin Deputy Insurance Commissioner Thursday told members of Congress that the Badger State insurance market suffered after the rollout of Obamacare and that state fared better before Obamacare went into effect. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: "While the Wisconsin market has been healthier than most, the ACA has caused significant harm," Wieske said, adding that Obamacare's regulations have impacted negatively rates and choices for consumers. "The ACA has changed the Wisconsin health insurance market. Consumers have fewer choices. Rates have increased significantly." Wieske also noted that "a number of our insurers have seen a ...