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  • WASHINGTON— The White House is instructing Cabinet heads and agency officials not to elaborate on President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts beyond what was in a relatively brief submission, a move Democrats decried as a gag order. Budget director Mick Mulvaney wrote in a memo late last week that until the full budget release in May, "all public comments of...

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (C) (R-KY) speaks as Sen. John Barrasso (L) (R-WY) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R) (R-MO) look on during a news conference on Capitol Hill on March 14, 2017 in Washington, DC.

    In an interview, McConnell urged Republican congressmen not to be on the wrong side of history as proposed health care legislation approaches a vote.

  • "I would hate to be a Republican whose vote prevented us from keeping the commitment we've made to the American people for almost 10 years now" to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law, the Kentucky Republican told Associated Press reporters and editors in an interview. McConnell also shot down prospects for President Donald...

  • WASHINGTON— Time for talk running out, President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned wavering House Republicans that their jobs were on the line in next year's elections if they failed to back a GOP bill that would upend Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Trump huddled behind closed doors with rank-and-file Republicans just hours after GOP leaders unveiled...

  • U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center March 20, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky.

    President Donald Trump is deploying an outside and inside strategy to fulfill his campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare."

  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (C) speaks about Obamacare repeal and replacement while flanked by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) (R), and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) (L) during a news conference on Capitol Hill, on March 7, 2017 in Washington, DC.

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he hopes the Republican health care proposal will fail so that "true negotiations" can begin.

  • House Republicans leaving a White House meeting with Trump, as well as a Capitol Hill meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, listed several changes they expect to be made in order to attract both moderate and conservative party members who are currently waffling about their support. Conservative Republicans...

  • House Republicans leaving a White House meeting with Trump, as well as a Capitol Hill meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, listed several changes they expect to be made in order to attract both moderate and conservative party members who are currently waffling about their support. Conservative Republicans...

  • John Kasich of Ohio, Rick Snyder of Michigan, Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas said Thursday in a letter that the beleaguered legislation "provides almost no new flexibility for states," fails to ensure enough resources to protect vulnerable residents, and shifts significant new costs to states. Instead, the governors are presenting...

  • Donald Trump

    The "America First" plan is boosting defense by $54 billion while cutting nondefense spending.

  • The $54 billion boost for the military is the largest since President Ronald Reagan's Pentagon buildup in the 1980 s, promising immediate money for troop readiness, the fight against Islamic State militants and procurement of new ships, fighter jets and other weapons. The 10 percent Pentagon boost is financed by $54 billion in cuts to foreign aid and domestic...

  • WASHINGTON, March 14- The White House and congressional leaders said on Tuesday they were weighing changes to their plan to dismantle the Obamacare health law as Republicans' questions mounted following an estimate that it would cause 14 million Americans to lose insurance next year. Press Secretary Sean Spicer said White House officials and leaders in the...

  • WASHINGTON, March 14- President Donald Trump and congressional leaders are weighing changes to their plan to dismantle the Obamacare health law, a White House spokesman said Tuesday, as Republicans defended their effort following an estimate that it would cause 14 million Americans to lose insurance next year. Press Secretary Sean Spicer said White House...

  • WASHINGTON, March 14- President Donald Trump and congressional leaders are weighing changes to their effort to dismantle the Obamacare health law, a White House spokesman said Tuesday, as Republicans defended their plan following an estimate that it would cause 14 million Americans to lose insurance next year. Press Secretary Sean Spicer said White House...

  • Congressional Budget Office report on Monday forecast that by 2026, the number of people without health insurance would increase by 24 million if the House of Representatives' legislation to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act is adopted. The findings are making it harder for Republicans to sell the plan- their first major piece of legislation under...

  • McConnell: Hard to predict coverage under GOP bill

    CNBC's Kayla Tausche reports on the discussion between President Trump and Anthem CEO as well as more lawmaker reaction to the GOP's health care plan.

  • WASHINGTON, March 14- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the Congressional Budget Office report on a Republican healthcare plan indicated a path to lower insurance premiums, a lower deficit and significant entitlement reform. McConnnell said the Senate would bring up the House of Representatives legislation and have it open to...

  • Moody's said the U.S. will retain the agency's top-notch debt rating as long as it meets its interest payments even if the government's borrowing cap is reinstated.

  • NEW YORK, March 13- Moody's Investors Services said on Monday the United States will retain the rating agency's top-notch debt rating as long as it meets its interest payments even if the government's borrowing cap is reinstated on Thursday. Back in November 2015, federal lawmakers suspended the federal debt ceiling, which would be about $19.9 trillion, if they...

  • I was sent here on a fiscal note, said the Indiana lawmaker and vice chairman of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, who rode a Republican wave during his first election to Congress in 2010.. The release of Trumps budget, which comes as the Republican president is facing an intraparty revolt over proposed legislation to replace the Obamacare...