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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

Still recovering from surgeries, Isakson returns to D.C. and casts ‘tie-breaking’ vote

12:33 pm Mar. 30, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has been absent from the U.S. Capitol for six weeks now, at home recovering from a pair of back surgeries related to a severe case of arthritis.

But he made an appearance in the Senate on Thursday for what happened to be one of the deciding votes on a family planning bill.

Republican leaders were just shy of the number of votes needed to begin debate on legislation to disapprove

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

Johnny Isakson recovering from second back surgery in a month

6:47 pm Mar. 15, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson Wednesday underwent his second back surgery in less than a month, according to his staff.

Isakson’s office said the operation, to repair a recently-developed sacral hairline stress fracture in his lower spine, was successful and that the third-term senator is now recovering at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta.

The 72-year-old had this to say in a statement:

“This second procedure will help shore up the reconstruction of my lower