Jun 22, 2017

Senate health bill faces 3 potential defections in current form

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Based on my conversations in the past hour since the text of the Senate GOP's health bill came out, I can expect that enough senators will come out against the bill this afternoon and ask for further negotiations.

  • I've spoken to three offices so far who say they won't support the bill in its current form.
  • An aide to a conservative Republican senator: "Conservatives most upset that basic structure of Obamacare left intact, with a huge insurer bailout added on."
  • Important caveats: Republicans who've been through this process before say that it's too early to tell until next week, and they want to see a CBO score, while sources close to leadership have long viewed the time from the release of the bill until floor votes as a giant working session.

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Sanders requests recount of Iowa recanvass after results show shrunken margin

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Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a statement Tuesday night he will request a recount of the Iowa Democratic Party's recanvass results.

Where it stands: Both Buttigieg and Sanders requested partial recanvasses in Iowa last week after results were delayed and showed several errors following a software malfunction on caucus night.

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Energy deputy secretary nominee faces heat after contradicting Trump

Mark Menezes speaks at a forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 12. Photo: Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Trump administration officials are internally raising concerns about President Trump’s nominee for Energy deputy secretary, who appeared to openly contradict the president on nuclear waste storage at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain last week.

Driving the news: While speaking at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing last Wednesday, Mark Menezes told members of the panel that the Trump administration is still interested in storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain and that “what we're trying to do is to put together a process that will give us a path to permanent storage at Yucca."