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U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., gives a speech about overhauling the budget process on Nov. 30 in Washington, D.C.. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Senate confirms Tom Price as health chief

2:16 am Feb. 10, 2017

WASHINGTON – Senators voted early Friday to confirm Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price as the 23rd secretary of health and human services, elevating the former orthopedic surgeon to a Cabinet-level position that will be at the crux of efforts to remake health care policy in America.

The 52-47 party-line vote was cast shortly after 2 a.m. Every Republican supported the seven-term congressman, while all Democrats and both left-leaning Independents voted to reject

Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Isakson, Perdue plan to back Betsy DeVos at tomorrow’s nail-biter vote

2:08 pm Feb. 6, 2017

Both of Georgia’s U.S. senators plan to vote tomorrow to confirm Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s divisive nominee to lead the Department of Education. One, GOP U.S. Sen. David Perdue, has received campaign money from the charter schools advocate and Michigan mega-donor.

Our Cox Washington colleague Patrick Terpstra did the math and found that Perdue was on the receiving end of a total of $18,200 from several DeVos family members during the final stretch of

The statue of President George Washington stands in the recently renovated Rotunda of the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Isakson, Perdue’s offices inundated by calls during Trump’s first days

7:00 am Feb. 2, 2017

WASHINGTON — Zachary LaVigne was a big supporter of Bernie Sanders during last year’s presidential primary, but the Atlanta chiropractor said he kept an open mind after Donald Trump won the election late last year.

That was until the New York businessman began announcing his Cabinet picks.

“It’s one thing if it’s one or two people, but it seems like everyone that he’s picking is just like the worst possible person to

Health and Human Services Secretary nominee, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., accompanied by Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., who introduced him, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at his first Senate confirmation hearing . (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Senate panel forces through Tom Price nomination in face of Dem blockade 

9:58 am Feb. 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Republican leaders of a key Senate committee forced through the Cabinet nomination of Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price Wednesday morning, hastily convening a meeting to defy a Democratic blockade and send the Trump administration’s top health pick to the Senate floor.

Without a single Democrat in attendance, every GOP member of the Senate Finance Committee voted to temporarily lift the panel’s rules in order to circumvent a requirement that at least one

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

Partisan freeze on Trump’s VA pick? Don’t count on it, Johnny Isakson says

7:00 am Feb. 1, 2017

WASHINGTON – Democrats pulled several pages from their defensive playbook Tuesday in order to pump the brakes on three of President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees.

But Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is confident the same won’t happen today when the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee he leads vets David Shulkin, Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Isakson gushed about Shulkin in a recent interview and said broad bipartisan support