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Ga. Republicans in damage control mode on health care

7:33 pm Mar. 13, 2017

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story included a tweet from another news outlet that incorrectly quoted U.S. Sen. David Perdue on the Republican health care bill. This story has been updated to reflect his position. 

WASHINGTON – Many Georgia Republicans scrambled to re-frame the health care conversation Monday on Capitol Hill after the release of a nonpartisan report that estimated that 24 million fewer people would be on the health insurance rolls

Johnny Isakson suggests that Donald Trump release his tax returns

11:13 am Mar. 3, 2017

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has always treaded carefully when it comes to President Donald Trump, backing him but very much keeping him at arm’s length.

As chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, Isakson has been careful not to criticize the businessman’s specific plans for avoiding conflicts of interest. Isakson will often shift the focus to his own ethics choices when asked about Trump’s more contentious decisions.

Isakson started doing

Despite other testy town halls, Isakson’s telephone forum stays polite

8:35 pm Mar. 2, 2017

While recent congressional outreach events in Georgia have proven to be raucous and rocky affairs, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s telephone town hall event on Thursday evening was remarkably civil.

Missing entirely from the 55-minute call were the protests, chanting and overall testiness that have marked in-person events across the state and nationally, including a constituent service event Isakson’s staff hosted with two other GOP offices last month.

Instead, Thursday’s question and answer session was nothing

Georgia’s senators stand by Jeff Sessions amid Russia criticism

5:33 pm Mar. 2, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue offered a full-throated defense of Attorney General Jeff Sessions Thursday following reports that the former Alabama senator may have misled his onetime colleagues about meeting with the Russian ambassador.

“He’s a man of integrity. He is a man of principle. I trust him and I take him at his word,” Perdue said in a speech on the Senate floor.

Perdue, a Republican, said Democrats were

ISIS, policy details and reconciliation: Georgia’s hopes for Trump’s big speech

6:55 pm Feb. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — Republicans want details and Democrats want an olive branch. What’s unclear is whether either side will get ’em.

Anticipation is running high for President Donald Trump’s first speech before a joint session of Congress later tonight. Georgia lawmakers have a long list of issues they hope the new president will address during his prime-time speech.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is looking for more details on Trump’s plan to defeat

Johnny Isakson undergoes back surgery

3:53 pm Feb. 23, 2017

This is the first recess week for Congress since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. And so resulting meetings with constituents are getting a close examination.

In Georgia, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter of Pooler is the only Republican member of Congress who has scheduled public gatherings. But U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has an acceptable excuse. Here’s the press release:

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was released today from Emory Saint Joseph’s