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Shock, awe, tears and cheers in Ga. after GOP health bill collapses

6:56 pm Mar. 24, 2017

WASHINGTON — There were plenty of ominous signs Friday that the House GOP did not have the votes to pass its health care overhaul, but that didn’t make anything less dramatic shortly after 3:30 p.m., when the news was broken to Republican lawmakers that their effort to overhaul Obamacare had collapsed.

The looks on the faces of many congressmen coming out of a closed-door meeting in the bowels of the

Jody Hice’s rejection of GOP health care plan could help sink bill

4:58 pm Mar. 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia Congressman Jody Hice is firmly against the Republican health care plan, one of at least two dozen reported GOP opponents who are imperiling the White House-backed legislation roughly 24 hours before the House is expected to vote on the proposal.

The Monroe Republican said the current plan “doesn’t go far enough” to repeal Obamacare, despite recent changes leaders made to win over conservatives like him. He wants Republicans to rip

Jody Hice: Georgia’s last GOP health care holdout

4:26 pm Mar. 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — For U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, the moment he decided to support the Republican health care bill came during a private meeting with President Donald Trump. The conservative Republican Study Committee had just successfully lobbied Trump, in the Oval Office no less, for a handful of changes to the legislation that would push it farther to the right.

“After we had our discussion, the president went around the room and

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

The Ga. Republicans on the fence about the GOP health care bill

8:00 am Mar. 9, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s 10 Republicans serving in the House of Representatives often take great pains to be on the same page, meeting weekly when Congress is in session to catch up and share notes on legislation coming down the pike. And generally speaking, the GOP side of the delegation — they call themselves the G-10 — sticks together on major bills.

At the moment that does not seem to be the case

Barry Loudermilk quietly leaves the House Freedom Caucus

1:02 pm Mar. 2, 2017

WASHINGTON — One of Georgia’s two members of the House Freedom Caucus has quietly left the group of rabble-rousing conservatives.

U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, said he didn’t renew his membership with the secretive group of roughly 40 Republican lawmakers because “I’m just out of bandwidth.” He denied any ideological differences.

“I ran out of time. And until somebody puts in a bill that extends the day from 24 to 48 hours, there’s only