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Congress on vacation, putting off messy decisions

...nothing like that is under way."We're going to discuss how to fund the government after the August recess," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday.Republicans are painfully aware that each previous shutdown showdown...
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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announces intent to expand Medicaid

...broad-based support from groups across Alaska.If Walker goes ahead with expansion, "that's going to be a fact," Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-North Pole, said, and probably not something that lawmakers would kill. "Then it's a...
Diplomats: Iran announcement planned Monday

...scrutiny from members of U.S. Congress."This is going to be a very hard sell for the administration," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said on "Fox News Sunday" when asked about the likelihood of Congress...
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...insisting that numerous sanctions remain in place."I think he's going to be working hard to get 34 votes," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said of the coming struggle, referring to the support President Barack Obama would need to sustain...
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Senate vote moves Obama's trade agenda to brink of enactment

...long-coveted fast track bill will be on Obama's desk."This is a very important day for our country," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said. In the strange-bedfellows politics of trade, he was among the Republican...
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Obama: 'Feeling good' on health care

...including the one that resulted in millions of Americans losing the coverage they had and wanted to keep," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday. "And the ruling won't change the skyrocketing costs in premiums...
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S. Carolina lawmakers vote to debate flag was quickly seconded by leading Republicans including U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, giving others a political opening to announce their moves. Many cited the church slayings as...
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Pro-Begich group benefits from Senate Majority PAC

JUNEAU - A political action committee founded by former aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid provided the sole funding for a super PAC supporting Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in July.Between July 1 and July...
Questions linger as date for lawmakers to reconvene looms

...last week voted for a recess in floor sessions until then.But House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, and Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-North Pole, questioned bringing the full Legislature back to Juneau to gavel in if there is...
Senate plans technical session Tuesday

...House and Senate Finance committees have held budget hearings and behind-the-scenes talks have occurred.Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, in an interview, cited concerns with the cost of bringing everyone back to Juneau to gavel in...


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