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Political Pressure May be Bringing GOP Health Care Plan Back to Life

These include the party's increasingly impatient conservative base, incumbents' nightmares about primary challenges and wrathful presidential tweetstorms

NATIONAL — A brew of political pressures is pumping fresh life into the last-gasp Republican drive to erase the Obama health care overhaul. These include the party’s increasingly impatient conservative base, incumbents’ nightmares about primary challenges and wrathful presidential tweetstorms. The new GOP bill by Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham would shift health care money and power from Washington…

Senator Franken Says Latest Health Care Proposal is Worse than Previous Plan

The development comes as the GOP has revived its partisan attack on Obamacare

NATIONAL — A bipartisan attempt at shoring up the Affordable Care Act is officially over in the Senate. The development comes as the GOP has revived its partisan attack on Obamacare, with Senate leaders and President Trump pushing repeal and replace legislation. Senator Franken is blasting the latest attempt by the GOP to replace Obamacare and calls the “Graham-Cassidy” bill…

Senator Heitkamp Announces Re-Election Bid for 2018

Heitkamp made the announcement early this morning on her brother Joel Heitkamp's radio show

FARGO, ND — Senator Heidi Heitkamp is officially seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate. Heitkamp made the announcement early this morning on her brother Joel Heitkamp’s radio show. Sen. Heidi Heiktamp has already spent nearly five years in the U.S. Senate and she wants to continue to serve the people of North Dakota. She is preparing to jump head first…

Lawmakers Working to Get Unemployment Benefits for Former Workers of Minnesota Nightclub

The disclosure triggered a backlash, including much of its staff who walked out and several regular performers canceling gigs

  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Several Minnesota lawmakers are pressing to ensure former staff at a shut-down Minneapolis nightclub gets unemployment benefits. Clubhouse Jager closed earlier this month amid an uproar over the owner’s $500 donation to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke’s 2016 U.S. Senate campaign. The disclosure triggered a backlash, including much of its staff who walked out…

North Dakota GOP Has Concerns About Sen. Heitkamp’s Leadership

They don't agree with her choices on healthcare, jobs, the security of American people and agriculture

FARGO, ND — North Dakota’s GOP wants people in the U.S. Senate who will work in accordance with President Trump’s agenda. They held a press conference to voice concerns they have with legislation by Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat. They don’t agree with her choices on healthcare, jobs, the security of American people and agriculture. North Dakota Young Republicans and…

Grafton’s Tom Campbell Announces 2018 Race for the U.S. Senate

The potato farmer says he wants to bring "conservative, North Dakota values to Washington D.C.''

GRAFTON, ND — The 2018 race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Heidi Heitkamp begins. “What Tom Campbell started with a combine and a prayer is a true North Dakota success story,” the video states. “Hundreds of jobs, one of America’s biggest potato farms. Tom Campbell. Hard working. Conservative. Outsider. Exactly what North Dakota needs in Washington.” Republican…

North Dakota’s Judge Erickson Appears Before Senate Judiciary Committee

Erickson was nominated by President Trump to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A North Dakota judge appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven introduced U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson to the panel. Erickson was nominated by President Trump to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Both senators encouraged the committee to approve Judge Erickson’s nomination and move it to the Senate for confirmation. “Judge…

President Trump Gives High Praise to the Senate for Health Care Vote

Republicans voted to advance floor debate on their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump is praising the Senate for moving forward on a bill to repeal Obamacare. Vice President Pence cast the tie-breaking vote. “The vice president votes in the affirmative and the motion is agreed to,” he said, then tapped the gavel down to close the vote. Republicans voted to advance floor debate on their efforts to repeal…

North Dakota Senators Speak Out on New GOP Health Care Bill

The reworked bill pushed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seeks conservative support

  NATIONAL — Republican Sen. John Hoeven says he needs more time to evaluate a revamped GOP health care bill. The reworked bill pushed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seeks conservative support by letting insurers sell low-premium policies with skimpy coverage. Hoeven says he wants to see the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s evaluation of the bill before he decides. Democratic…

Senate Majority Leader Delays Recess; White House Accuses Senate Democrats of “Campaign of Obstruction”

When it comes to health care, even Republican Senators say they are just being thorough

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With no deal in sight for a new health care plan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is delaying recess until the third week of August. The White House is coming down hard on Senate Democrats, saying they are leading a campaign of obstruction after a slow confirmation process. Only 49 presidential nominations have been confirmed…