Mitch McConnell

Senate Republicans unveil Obamacare replacement bill, but fate uncertain

Senate Republicans unveil Obamacare replacement bill, but fate uncertain

Published 23/06/2017

U.S. Capitol is seen after the House approved a bill to repeal major parts of Obamacare and replace it with a Republican healthcare plan in Washington, U.S., May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled legislation that would replace Obamacare with a plan that scales back aid to the poor and kills a tax on the wealthy, but the bill's fate was quickly thrown into question as several senators voiced skepticism.

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Factbox: Where key U.S. Republican senators stand on healthcare bill

Factbox: Where key U.S. Republican senators stand on healthcare bill

Published 23/06/2017

Protestors gather during a demonstration against the Republican repeal of the Affordable Care Act, outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

U.S. Senate Republicans offered a bill on Thursday to overhaul Obamacare, the next phase in the party's long war against the 2010 law enacted by then-Democratic President Barack Obama.

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Republicans debating remedies for corporate tax avoidance

Republicans debating remedies for corporate tax avoidance

Published 18/06/2017

U.S. President Donald Trump walks from Maine One as he returns to the White House in Washington, U.S., June 16, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress will soon confront a complex challenge for tax reform: how to limit U.S. corporate tax avoidance schemes that take advantage of low tax rates in foreign countries.

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Trump hosts lunch with Republican senators, Obamacare repeal on menu

Trump hosts lunch with Republican senators, Obamacare repeal on menu

Published 13/06/2017

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a lunch meeting with members of Congress at the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged Senate Republicans to pass a "generous" replacement program for Obamacare, as the Senate struggled to produce an alternative to the healthcare law.

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Trump picks white-collar crime lawyer to replace Comey at FBI

Trump picks white-collar crime lawyer to replace Comey at FBI

Published 07/06/2017

Christopher Wray is seen in an undated photo released by King and Spalding, New York, U.S., on June 7, 2017. King and Spalding/Handout via REUTERS 


President Donald Trump on Wednesday ended a fraught month-long search for an FBI chief after firing James Comey by selecting Christopher Wray, who has prosecuted and defended white-collar crime cases and represented New Jersey's governor in a political scandal.

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White House wants healthcare vote this summer, tax reform in fall

White House wants healthcare vote this summer, tax reform in fall

Published 06/06/2017

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence attends a healthcare listening session with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The White House is hoping to kick-start its stalled legislative agenda with congressional action on healthcare reform this summer that will clear the way for lawmakers to begin work on a major tax bill after the Sept. 4 Labor Day holiday, an administration official said on Monday.

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Under U.S. Republican bill, 23 million would lose health coverage: watchdog

Under U.S. Republican bill, 23 million would lose health coverage: watchdog

Published 25/05/2017

An electronic patients chart is shown on the wall to a hospital room in San Diego, California April 17, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A bill passed by U.S. House Republicans would cause 23 million people to lose healthcare coverage by 2026 while de-stabilizing health insurance markets in some states and making it hard for sick people to buy insurance, a budget watchdog agency said on Wednesday.

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Exclusive – Hate the tweets, love the agenda: McConnell on Trump

Exclusive – Hate the tweets, love the agenda: McConnell on Trump

Published 25/05/2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to Reuters during an interview in Washington, U.S., May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the U.S. Senate, says he could live without the drama surrounding President Donald Trump's White House, but from a policy standpoint sees the new commander-in-chief as a solid ally in the mode of any president from his party.

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Exclusive: McConnell frets about healthcare, hopeful on tax overhaul

Exclusive: McConnell frets about healthcare, hopeful on tax overhaul

Published 24/05/2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to Reuters during an interview in Washington, U.S., May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday he does not yet know how Republicans will amass the votes needed to pass legislation now being crafted to dismantle Obamacare, but expressed some optimism on another top priority, overhauling the tax code.

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Exclusive: McConnell expects bipartisan support for bill reauthorizing FDA user fees

Published 24/05/2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to Reuters during an interview in Washington, U.S., May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told Reuters on Wednesday he expects bipartisan support for approval of a bill authorizing taxpayer and industry funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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