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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...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-31/congress-vacation-putting-messy-decis
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My Turn: Alaska can't afford Medicaid expansion before reform

...expanding it. To be honest, we may not expand it even then, but it is clearly irresponsible to do it now.We in the Senate Majority began the process to reform Medicaid in the last legislative session. I, with the consent of my colleagues, sponsored...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-07-26/my-turn-alaska-cant-afford-medicaid-e
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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...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-16/alaska-gov-bill-walker-announces-intent
State

...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...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-15
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Diplomats: Iran announcement planned Monday

...serious 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...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-13/diplomats-iran-announcement-planned-m
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Obama: 'Feeling good' on health care

...promises, 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...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-02/obama-feeling-good-health-care
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Alaska's fiscal situation offers no easy choices

...legislative session, the difficulty in reaching an agreement on the budget among Gov. Bill Walker, the House and Senate majority caucuses, and the House minority caucus triggered some armchair critics to decry what they saw is a lack of leadership...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-06-29/alaskas-fiscal-situation-offers-no-ea
Opinion
Senate vote moves Obama's trade agenda to brink of enactment

...the 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...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-24/senate-vote-moves-obamas-trade-agenda
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Empire Editorial: More questions than answers

...R-Anchorage, and others on the Senate side are being tight-lipped about it all.Lawmakers, especially the Senate majority, are insisting Alaska doesn't have money to waste. We agree, which is why Grundmann's pay should be looked...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-06-21/more-questions-answers
Opinion
S. Carolina lawmakers vote to debate flag

...a museum 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...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-24/s-carolina-lawmakers-vote-debate-flag
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