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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

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