June 27, 2017

6-27-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 5 Lines

The Senate Republican health-care bill would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Senate Republicans also proposed a provision to the bill that would punish individuals who go without coverage with a six-month waiting period before regaining coverage. The Supreme Court announced it will review President Trump’s travel ban in October, and will allow parts of the ban to take effect in the interim. And in a major church-state case, the Court also ruled that religious institutions cannot be denied public funds for secular purposes. President Trump met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House.

Washington Brief

  • The White House said the Syrian government is engaging in activities similar to those taken before April’s chemical weapons attack that killed more than 80 people. Press secretary Sean Spicer said President Bashar al-Assad “and his military will pay a heavy price” if they use chemical weapons again. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Two Republicans joined Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) in saying the Senate shouldn’t vote this week on the leadership-backed health care bill. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the legislation would leave 22 million more Americans without health insurance and reduce the federal deficit by $321 billion over a decade – $202 billion more than the House-passed American Health Care Act. (The New York Times)
  • A bill that would impose tougher sanctions on Russia is stalled in the House. The Trump administration is raising concerns about the measure, which the Senate passed earlier this month with near-unanimous support. (Reuters)
  • Carter Page, a former adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign, has been questioned repeatedly by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russians. He denied any wrongdoing when asked if he served as a go-between for the Trump campaign and Russia. (The Washington Post)
  • The Supreme Court next term will take up high-profile cases involving Trump’s travel ban, a Missouri church seeking state funding and religious rights pertaining to commercial services for same-sex weddings. (Vox)

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