White House, Congress's GOP leaders scramble to pass last-gasp healthcare bill Senate Republicans' healthcare bill gets a hand from Trump, Ryan More Navy officers fired for deadly collisions at sea U.S. may close embassy in Cuba due to suspected sonic attacks Trump derides North Korean leader as'Rocket Man' Senate Republicans' healthcare bill gets a hand from Trump, Ryan U.S. may close embassy in Cuba due to suspected sonic attacks The latest Republican-led effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act has some resistance outside Washington: a bipartisan group of governors. On Tuesday, nearly a dozen governors, including Bill Walker of Alaska, signed a letter opposing the new repeal legislation sponsored by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) that in recent days has gained momentum in Congress. The move by Walker could influence his state's senior senator, Lisa Murkowski, a key vote who has been silent on whether she supports the new legislation. In July, Murkowski, a Republican, voted with Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), in opposition to the last Obamacare repeal effort. Walker's opposition comes a day after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said he supports the legislation.
"We urge the Administration, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, and the American public, to support the work of Special Counsel Mueller to its conclusion, whatever it may be," reads the open letter signed by officials including former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, former State Department counselor Eliot Cohen and former George W. Bush administration ethics lawyer Richard Painter.
Eight former secretaries of defense are pushing congressional leaders to back one of President Barack Obama's top priorities and pass a free trade agreement they say is fundamental to national security. The bipartisan group has penned a letter stating that the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will strengthen alliances with regional powers such as Japan and Singapore. They also warn that a failure to ratify the agreement will result in a loss of credibility and let others, most likely China, set the rules for engagement in Asia. The secretaries say the overall benefit to the economy and national security "cannot be overstated," though opponents argue the pact would harm U.S. jobs. The former secretaries are Harold Brown, Frank Carlucci, William Perry, William Cohen, Donald Rumsfeld, Robert Gates, Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel.
Longtime Sen. John McCain died on *** at the age of **. John McCain was a U.S. Senator for more than three decades. Before that, he was a congressman. And during his tenure in the Senate, he became the Republican nominee for president. McCain died Saturday at the age of 81 after suffering from glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor.
Senate Democrats who are running for the party's 2020 nomination are ruling out recusing themselves from participating in any Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, even amid questions from Republicans that it could represent a conflict of interest. It's part of my constitutional obligation," Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., told reporters Friday when asked. The question of recusal was raised by Rep. Thomas Masie, R-Ky., who asked if senators running for president "have a conflict of interest regarding possible impeachment of an opponent." House Democrats last month launched an impeachment inquiry into the circumstances surrounding President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats allege that Trump was using U.S. military aid to push Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's conduct in the country.