Trump seeks legislative wins to cast off shadow of Russian Federation probes

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Wyden said he has little reason to think Senate Republicans will abandon the House bill's general framework.

"[McConnell] will always find a way, but instead of helping people, he uses his powers to do bad things", tweeted Adam Jentleson, who served as former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's deputy chief of staff. "McConnell is the GOP's mutant Reid", he added. "We're getting closer to bringing up a proposal that we can bring up in the near future", McConnell told reporters.

"We've been talking about this for seven years, so now is the time to start coming up with some tangible alternatives and building consensus", GOP Sen. Republicans hold 52 seats in the Senate.

Yet political obstacles remain. The Senate can only afford to lose two of his chamber's Republican seats, with Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie. "I'm going to do everything I can to protect Ohio's interests and ensure that our health care system works better for all Ohioans", Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, told CNN's Manu Raju on Tuesday.

"We've got to do something about it, both from the state standpoint but also from the federal taxpayer", Cassidy said. "It's a heavy lift".

McConnell and other congressional GOP leaders later met with President Donald Trump at the White House.

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For his part, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged Arab and Gulf states to avoid escalation of the situation in the region. The Turkish parliament has passed new legislation ratified by Erdoğan allowing the country to send military assistance to Qatar.

On Tuesday, Anthem Inc., a major health insurer, announced it would not offer plans in the OH individual exchange in 2018, leaving up to 20 counties without any insurer participation in the marketplace next year.

The ACA's protection for those with pre-existing conditions has broad public support and was one of the few ideas with bipartisan backing when the Affordable Care Act was moving through Congress in 2009 and 2010.

Senate Finance Chairman Eric LaFleur, a Ville Platte Democrat, said senators have notified House leaders that they won't accept it. The party's senators will discuss options for the legislation at a weekly policy luncheon on Tuesday, said John Cornyn, the No.2 Republican in the Senate.

Most members wouldn't get into details about what actually is on the table, but they were honest that there are still sticking points here that have to be resolved.

But even as GOP members attempted to portray Anthem's departure as yet another example of the failure of the health care law, the difficulty Republicans face in overhauling it on a strictly partisan basis was still on full display.

When Independent Journal Review asked if he would vote for or against that bill, Graham chuckled.

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USA production rose for the 14th time in 15 weeks, according to Energy Information Administration data. Output in May increased from 315,000 barrels per day earlier month to 32.21 million.

However, adjusting the tax credits for income and geographic location would make them even more similar to Obamacare's premium subsidies, which are tax credits based on income and cost of coverage in one's area.

If the parliamentarian had discovered a fatal error on Tuesday, it would have forced the House to hold a hard revote.

Sen. Dean Heller, a Republican from Nevada who is up for re-election in 2018, said he was still looking at the proposals and what he could support.

Republicans have sought to overturn Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic healthcare law since it was enacted in 2010.Whatever the White House's efforts to push ahead with policy plans, there will be a spotlight on testimony by James Comey, the FBI director fired by Trump last month, to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.Senators will question Comey on whether Trump tried to get him to back off an FBI investigation into ties between the president's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, an attempt that critics have said could constitute obstruction of justice.

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, defended the process, saying it fostered comity among Republicans. On the campaign trail they promised to repeal it, and now some commentators believe President Trump is eyeing the notional savings from a repealed or replaced healthcare bill to fund tax reform, which is arguably a more popular agenda.

McCaskill stood up and told Senate Republicans what much of the nation feels: that we deserve more from our elected leaders. Paul's spokesman Sergio Gor said Paul "remains optimistic the bill can be improved in the days ahead and is keeping an open mind".

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His time of 20.76 in the 200 was good enough for sixth place and the best finish for a Longhorn in the event since 2006. Fred Kerley of Texas A&M, the No. 1 runner in the world in the event, ? won the race in 44.13.

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