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Shock, awe, tears and cheers in Ga. after GOP health bill collapses

6:56 pm Mar. 24, 2017

WASHINGTON — There were plenty of ominous signs Friday that the House GOP did not have the votes to pass its health care overhaul, but that didn’t make anything less dramatic shortly after 3:30 p.m., when the news was broken to Republican lawmakers that their effort to overhaul Obamacare had collapsed.

The looks on the faces of many congressmen coming out of a closed-door meeting in the bowels of the

Smooth sailing for Sonny Perdue at Senate confirmation hearing

1:42 pm Mar. 23, 2017

WASHINGTON — Things could not have gone better for former Gov. Sonny Perdue at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday even if he had tried.

The Trump administration’s nominee to lead the Department of Agriculture won praise from senators of both parties during his two-and-a-half hour turn before the Agriculture Committee, including an endorsement from the panel’s influential top Democrat, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

His confirmation appeared all but assured — the real question was when

Jody Hice’s rejection of GOP health care plan could help sink bill

4:58 pm Mar. 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia Congressman Jody Hice is firmly against the Republican health care plan, one of at least two dozen reported GOP opponents who are imperiling the White House-backed legislation roughly 24 hours before the House is expected to vote on the proposal.

The Monroe Republican said the current plan “doesn’t go far enough” to repeal Obamacare, despite recent changes leaders made to win over conservatives like him. He wants Republicans to rip

Perdue, Isakson shun the health care spotlight ahead of House nail-biter

2:51 pm Mar. 22, 2017

WASHINGTON – At a time when their House colleagues are in the hot seat on health care, Georgia’s two senators are studiously avoiding the spotlight – for now.

Republican Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson have both sounded positive notes about their party’s plan for repealing and replacing Obamacare, but neither has said definitively whether they’ll back or shun the plan as-is. And neither has taken the same cable blitz route as

Saxby Chambliss to return to Senate to vouch for Sonny Perdue

6:00 am Mar. 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — Saxby Chambliss is plotting his return to the U.S. Senate — for a day, at least.

The Georgia Republican, who retired after 20 years on Capitol Hill in 2015, will be making a cameo Thursday on behalf of Sonny Perdue during the former governor’s confirmation hearing.

Perdue boosters believe Chambliss’ appearance before his former colleagues on the Senate Agriculture Committee will provide some extra gravitas as Perdue makes the case that he should run the

SonnyWatch: Perdue to get backup from old Dem pal at Senate hearing

12:00 pm Mar. 21, 2017

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue is hoping an old Democratic friend from his days in the General Assembly can help boost his bipartisan credentials during his confirmation hearing later this week.

Perdue and his team have tapped current U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, to introduce him ahead of his testimony to the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday morning. It’s akin to an in-person reference at a job interview — one with C-SPAN

Jody Hice: Georgia’s last GOP health care holdout

4:26 pm Mar. 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — For U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, the moment he decided to support the Republican health care bill came during a private meeting with President Donald Trump. The conservative Republican Study Committee had just successfully lobbied Trump, in the Oval Office no less, for a handful of changes to the legislation that would push it farther to the right.

“After we had our discussion, the president went around the room and

Loudermilk gets on board with GOP health bill after Trump meeting

2:25 pm Mar. 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — One of Georgia’s two Republican holdouts on the party’s Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill now says he’s a ‘yes’ after huddling with President Donald Trump.

U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, was one of about a dozen members of the conservative Republican Study Committee to huddle with Trump at the White House this morning to discuss the GOP’s American Health Care Act.

Loudermilk said a deal to tweak the bill that the group

Separating dream from reality in Trump’s budget, and what it could mean for Ga.

12:35 pm Mar. 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s first budget has no shortage of potential impacts on Georgia’s economy.

Released Thursday, the blueprint proposed bumping up funding for the Pentagon by 10 percent, which could be a boon for the state’s eight military bases and web of defense contractors. It called for slashing 18 percent from the coffers of the Department of Health and Human Services, which some health advocates worried could have a trickle-down effect