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Jody Hice gets to ‘yes’ on health care overhaul

3:23 pm Apr. 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — The lone Georgia Republican congressman to reject an earlier iteration of the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan said he’s now on board after conservatives struck a deal with a moderate leader.

Rep. Jody Hice, R-Monroe, said he’ll support the GOP’s American Health Care Act, or AHCA, after the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus and moderate New Jersey Republican Tom MacArthur negotiated changes to the legislation that would allow states to opt

Sonny Perdue confirmed to lead Department of Agriculture

6:07 pm Apr. 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – Former Gov. Sonny Perdue will become the first-ever Georgian to lead the sprawling Department of Agriculture after the Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm him to the Cabinet Monday evening.

Thirty-seven Democrats joined every Republican to vote in favor of elevating the Republican to the position, 87-11, nearly 13 weeks after he was first tapped by President Donald Trump.

The ‘no’ votes came mainly from liberals, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts

Today is Sonny Perdue’s big day in the Senate

8:00 am Apr. 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – Senators will weigh in on whether to confirm Sonny Perdue as the 31st secretary of agriculture today, nearly 13 weeks after President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate the businessman and former Republican governor.

Fresh off their two week spring recess, senators are slated to debate his nomination on the Senate floor for less than three hours before putting the matter to a vote at 5:30 p.m.


Ethics group: Hank Johnson improperly aided Jon Ossoff with taxpayer resources

6:00 am Apr. 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – An ethics group is alleging that U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson improperly aided the campaign of his onetime aide, 6th District candidate Jon Ossoff, using his official House website.

The conservative-leaning Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, or FACT, said it plans to file an ethics complaint against the Lithonia Democrat with the Office of Congressional Ethics Monday.

The group wants the independent ethics office to investigate Johnson for potentially running

Ga.’s congressional Republicans circle the wagons around Karen Handel

8:31 am Apr. 21, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s House Republicans are looking to project a united front in order to keep the 6th District seat of their onetime colleague, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, in GOP hands.

All nine Georgia GOP congressmen say they’re supporting former Secretary of State Karen Handel in the lead-up to the June 20 runoff against Democrat Jon Ossoff.

In a joint statement, the group said Handel has a “track record of serving

Consumer protection rule targeted by Perdue would benefit campaign donor

7:00 am Apr. 19, 2017

WASHINGTON —Special legislation being fast-tracked by U.S. Sen. David Perdue would take a swipe at a federal agency championed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren while also aiding a Georgia company that has donated to his campaign.

The first-term Republican senator recently used a procedural maneuver to try to speed up passage of a bill that would nullify an Obama-era prepaid credit card regulation before it goes into effect.

The Consumer

Why Georgia lawmakers almost always vote with their parties

3:14 pm Apr. 10, 2017

WASHINGTON — There are days here on Capitol Hill when it feels like the only issues that can unite all 16 of Georgia’s lawmakers are the Savannah port and the state’s water battles against Florida and Alabama.

We’re generalizing, yes, but it does appear that the list of issues that can notch bipartisan support in Congress is shrinking by the year. New data from the Cook Political Report suggests why that’s often the

David Perdue open to changing Senate’s rules for faster action

2:09 pm Apr. 7, 2017

WASHINGTON — In case you were tuning out the news coming out of Capitol Hill this week, senators voted yesterday to change the chamber’s rules in order to allow for easier confirmations of Supreme Court nominees. It now takes 51 votes to greenlight a high court pick instead of 60 — matching a rules change Democrats made in 2013 for Cabinet and other judicial nominees.

Yesterday’s vote was a historic, if not grim,

Georgia Republicans rally around Syria strikes

9:15 am Apr. 7, 2017

Many of Georgia’s Republicans in Congress are backing President Donald Trump’s move yesterday to launch missile strikes against an air base in Syria, a response to the Assad regime’s chemical weapons attack earlier this week.

U.S. Sen. David Perdue said

Sonny Perdue to get his day in the Senate after 13 week wait

8:20 pm Apr. 5, 2017

WASHINGTON — Mitch McConnell made some news as we were monitoring the 6th District debate. The majority leader announced, in the Senate’s customarily byzantine way, that he has cut a deal with his Democratic counterpart setting when the chamber will vote on former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Cabinet nomination.

The confirmation vote will come on April 24, he said, the day the Senate returns from its two-week recess but before it delves into