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Johnny Isakson and David Perdue’s opening offers on health care

7:00 am May. 15, 2017

WASHINGTON – One could say that Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson kept close tabs on the House’s tumultuous effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this spring.

In fact, Georgia’s senior senator followed much of the initial debate in real time from his hospital bed as he recovered from a pair of surgeries on his lower spine.

“Involuntary,” Isakson deadpanned as he recounted the hours spent watching cable news coverage of the legislation. “Under the

Muted responses from Georgia lawmakers after Comey’s firing

3:33 pm May. 10, 2017

WASHINGTON — Most of Georgia’s members of Congress dodged the spotlight in the hours after President Donald Trump’s surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday evening.

With the House on recess this week, the majority of the state’s 14 congressmen avoided the media entirely on Wednesday, ignoring requests for comment or relaying through spokespeople that they were still processing the previous night’s news.

The latter was the line out of Sen.

How Georgia’s congressmen voted on replacing Obamacare

2:36 pm May. 4, 2017

WASHINGTON — After months of arm twisting, false starts and political football, the House finally went on the record on the Republican health care plan Thursday.

The chamber ultimately passed the measure, known as the American Health Care Act, by a razor-thin 217-213 margin. The vote was strictly along party lines, with 20 Republicans crossing over to vote with every Democrat to reject the bill.

Georgia’s 13 congressmen all went with the leaders of

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

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

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

Isakson, Perdue and the Senate’s ‘nuclear’ spring

7:00 am Apr. 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – It’s been getting awfully ugly up here on Capitol Hill as the Senate hurtles toward a procedural showdown over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch that stands to reverse decades of precedent.

Democrats plan to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination later this morning. They’ve cited the GOP’s treatment of Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, last year and argued that Gorsuch is too radical to be

Isakson open to bipartisan health care negotiations — just don’t call it a ‘gang’

8:00 am Mar. 31, 2017

WASHINGTON – At home in Marietta recovering from a pair of back surgeries, Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has had a lot of time to watch C-SPAN over the last few weeks.

That’s included following the twists and turns of the House’s since-collapsed effort to replace Obamacare.

In an interview Thursday amid his whirlwind, day-long return to Washington, Isakson said he had been prepared to vote for the House legislation