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July 14, 2017

7-14-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 5 Lines

Senate Republicans unveiled a revised version of their health-care bill, which includes more money to fight the opioid epidemic, as well as more funds to keep costs lower for consumers. At least two Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky, said they still won’t support the bill. During a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, President Trump touted the “very good” relationship between the U.S. and France. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced charges against 412 people for participating in a health-care scam totaling some $1.3 billion in false billings. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said the committee will ask Donald Trump Jr. to testify before the panel.

Washington Brief

  • A federal judge in Hawaii loosened President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban by removing a prohibition on grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles and cousins. The judge said the Trump administration’s approach to the ban contradicted a recent Supreme Court ruling regarding visitors from six Muslim-majority countries. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • After several GOP senators expressed misgivings about the latest iteration of the Senate’s health care bill, Trump tweeted that “Republican Senators must come through” and pass an Obamacare replacement bill. (Politico) House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) floated the idea of keeping his chamber in session if the Senate passes its measure before House lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn for their August recess. ( Roll Call)
  • The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office published an analysis that says Trump’s spending plan would not balance the budget in 10 years. White House estimates said Trump’s budget would create a surplus. ( USA Today)
  • When Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya met with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower in June 2016 she was joined by a former Russian counterintelligence officer who is now an American lobbyist. (NBC News)

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