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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in 2015.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate takes first step toward repealing Obamacare

7:00 am Jan. 12, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Senate took the first step toward repealing Obamacare early on Thursday morning, passing a budget bill that would clear the way for legislation to gut the health care law in the weeks ahead.

It came after seven hours of back-to-back, party-line votes on an array of non-binding health care provisions, part of a byzantine ritual known as “vote-a-rama.”

Ultimately, the final vote was 51-48, just enough for the measure to squeak through the

SonnyWatch: Donald Trump bides his time with ag pick

12:49 pm Jan. 9, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump is going down to the wire with his selection for agriculture secretary. And that means former Gov. Sonny Perdue and his supporters are waiting on pins and needles.

For days, reports have been

Sen. Johnny Isakson, left, and Sen. David Perdue, right, campaign together in 2014. (AP photo/John Bazemore)

David Perdue’s new committee perches give him more say over defense, financial regs

12:13 pm Jan. 3, 2017

WASHINGTON — It may have taken him two years, but Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue on Tuesday finally got his campaign wish to serve on the powerful Senate committee that oversees national defense.

Senate Republican leadership announced that Perdue will serve on the Armed Services Committee in the new Congress, giving Georgia its seat back after two years. When Republican Saxby Chambliss retired in 2014, Georgia was left without a

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, center, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (back, left) and U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (back, center) at a rally in Marietta in November. Curtis Compton,ccompton@ajc.com

The biggest questions for Georgia’s congressional delegation in the era of Trump

6:00 am Jan. 3, 2017

WASHINGTON — Both chambers of Congress reconvene later today for what’s sure to be one of the busiest (and likely hyper-partisan) sessions in recent memory. Donald Trump and his allies have promised to shake up D.C.’s political order, but a lot is still unclear about how the New Yorker’s campaign ideas will translate once pen is actually put to paper.

A Trump presidency has plenty of implications for Georgia, which has a large military footprint, an expanding

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, left, meets with Secretary of Health and Human Services-designate Rep. Tom Price, R- Ga., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Compared to other Trump Cabinet picks, Tom Price has donated little to senators

11:00 am Dec. 29, 2016

WASHINGTON –As a committee chairman with close ties to party leadership, Roswell U.S. Rep. Tom Price has used the fruits of his fundraising prowess to back the campaigns of fellow House Republicans and Georgia state legislators.

However, Price has given little to the campaigns of U.S. senators, a decision that may have an impact as he faces members of the chamber during his confirmation hearings for health and human services secretary