Tom Cole - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Tom Cole Last-minute bargaining keyed passage of GOP health care bill WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was ready to celebrate. On the day House Republicans narrowly passed a bill to overhaul former President Barack Obama's health care law, the famously image-conscious new president wanted to seize the moment. He delayed a trip to his hometown of New York, followed the vote closely on television and quickly bused in his fellow Republica... Fri, 05 May 2017 07:22:00 GMT 2017-05-05T07:22:00Z Health bill gains new life as 2 GOP moderates meet Trump WASHINGTON (AP) — A pair of moderate Republicans who'd been holdouts against the GOP health care bill said Wednesday they were now backing the high-profile legislation after winning President Donald Trump's support for their proposal for reviving the languishing measure. The conversions of Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Billy Long, R-Mo., could breathe ne... Wed, 03 May 2017 17:20:00 GMT 2017-05-03T17:20:00Z The Latest: Trump signs spending bill that prevents shutdown WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local): 8:20 p.m. President Donald Trump has signed a short-term, stopgap spending bill keeping the government functioning and avoiding a shutdown on his 100th day in office. ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:23:00 GMT 2017-04-29T00:23:00Z Trump, Congress and 100 days: Lofty goals hit reality WASHINGTON (AP) — For Donald Trump, self-proclaimed master negotiator, making deals with Congress was supposed to be easy. "This Congress is going to be the busiest Congress we've had in decades, maybe ever," Trump predicted shortly after taking office. Not so far. With Republicans in charge of the House, the Senate and the White House for the first time ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:42:00 GMT 2017-04-28T20:42:00Z Conservatives back revised health bill, GOP moderates balk WASHINGTON (AP) — The moribund Republican health care bill received a jolt of life Wednesday when the conservative House Freedom Caucus endorsed a revised version of the measure. But a leading GOP moderate criticized the reshaped legislation as a conservative exercise in "blame-shifting and face-saving" that wasn't winning new support from party centrists, leaving its fate u... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:09:00 GMT 2017-04-26T23:09:00Z Correction: House Election-Georgia story DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) — In a story April 19 about a runoff election in Georgia's 6th Correctional District, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a voter. She is Shari Sprigle, not Shari Springle. A corrected version of the story is below: Runoff in Georgia House race could test Trump, opposition Both major parties are approaching th... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:23:00 GMT 2017-04-20T14:23:00Z Trump's top health official gets bipartisan grilling WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's top health official got strong pushback Wednesday from lawmakers of both parties about deep cuts the White House is pressing in medical research, public health and social service programs. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price also dodged repeated attempts by Democrats to flush out the administration's ne... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:34:00 GMT 2017-03-29T18:34:00Z Public television chief says Trump budget would hit options WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposal to eliminate funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would most dramatically affect rural and minority communities, eventually forcing some local television and radio stations to close, the corporation's president and chief executive officer told Congress Tuesday. The president's budget would e... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:42:00 GMT 2017-03-28T17:42:00Z Republican health care plan creates budget problems for GOP WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans intent on scrapping Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act have a budget problem. As it turns out, repealing and replacing the law they hate so much won't save nearly as much money as getting rid of it entirely, the goal they've been campaigning on for seven years. That means trouble for the federal deficit and for Congress' fiscal conservatives who... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:16:00 GMT 2017-03-18T11:16:00Z The Latest: DOJ says it's complied with wiretapping requests LONDON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's claims that he was wiretapped (all times local): 3:40 p.m. The Justice Department says it has complied with congressional requests for information related to any surveillance during the 2016 election. The department had requested an extension earlier this week to re... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:43:00 GMT 2017-03-17T19:43:00Z Health groups: Next cure may go undiscovered with Trump cuts WASHINGTON (AP) — What goes on the chopping block: Research into cancer or Alzheimer's? A Zika vaccine or a treatment for superbugs? Health groups say President Donald Trump's proposal to slash funds for the nation's engine of biomedical research would be devastating for patients with all kinds of diseases — and for jobs. "It is possibl... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:27:00 GMT 2017-03-17T15:27:00Z Facing defiance, GOP leaders press ahead on health bill WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing mounting rank-and-file defiance, Republican leaders and the White House redoubled their efforts Tuesday to muscle legislation overhauling America's health care system through Congress following a sobering report about millions being shoved off insurance coverage. President Donald Trump, whose strong Election Day showing in GOP reg... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 01:11:00 GMT 2017-03-15T01:11:00Z GOP struggles with shift from opposition party to governing WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican ranks in Congress are thick with hard-right lawmakers elected to thwart former President Barack Obama and light on nuts-and-bolts legislators, especially those experienced in working with a GOP president. That could prove to be a formidable challenge as Republicans make the transition from an opposition party to a governing on... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 22:52:00 GMT 2017-03-06T22:52:00Z Sessions steps aside from Russia probe under pressure WASHINGTON (AP) — Under intensifying pressure, Attorney General Jeff Sessions abruptly agreed Thursday to recuse himself from any investigation into Russian meddling in America's 2016 presidential election. He acted after revelations he twice spoke with the Russian ambassador during the campaign and failed to say so when pressed by Congress. Sessions reje... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 03:18:00 GMT 2017-03-03T03:18:00Z GOP leaders unveil new health law outline, divisions remain WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Republicans unveiled a rough sketch of a massive health care overhaul to rank-and-file lawmakers Thursday, but a lack of detail, cost estimates and GOP unity left unresolved the problem that's plagued them for years: What's the party's plan and can Congress pass it? At a closed-door meeting in the Capitol basement, House Speake... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:33:00 GMT 2017-02-17T01:33:00Z Congress blocks rule barring mentally impaired from guns WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Wednesday sent President Donald Trump legislation blocking an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people. On a vote of 57-43, the Senate backed the resolution, just one of several early steps by the Republican-led Congress to undo regulations implemented by former President Barack Obama. The House h... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:46:00 GMT 2017-02-15T22:46:00Z Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Vice President Mike Pence; Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Ben Sasse, R-Neb.; Reps. Andre Carson, D-Ind., and Tom Cole, R-Okla. NBC's "Meet the Press" — Pence; House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. ... Sat, 04 Feb 2017 07:32:00 GMT 2017-02-04T07:32:00Z Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Vice President Mike Pence; Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Ben Sasse, R-Neb.; Reps. Andre Carson, D-Ind., and Tom Cole, R-Okla. NBC's "Meet the Press" — Pence; House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. ... Fri, 03 Feb 2017 22:27:00 GMT 2017-02-03T22:27:00Z Ryan sidesteps Trump's goal of health coverage for all WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan sidestepped an opportunity Friday to embrace President Donald Trump's goal of "insurance for everybody," saying instead that congressional Republicans are aiming for "universal access." Ryan, R-Wis., made the remark in an interview with Politico after Republicans ended a three-day policy retreat in Philadelphia. T... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 23:01:00 GMT 2017-01-27T23:01:00Z The Latest: AMA asks GOP how it would replace 'Obamacare' WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress convening for a new session (all times EST): 9:25 p.m. The American Medical Association wants Republicans to show how they would replace President Barack Obama's health care law before Congress votes to repeal it. In a letter Tuesday to congressional leaders, AMA Chief Executiv... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 02:26:00 GMT 2017-01-04T02:26:00Z