Politics
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Senators debate fallout of rule change

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/04/19, 11:03 am

WASHINGTON—After changing Senate rules Wednesday, Republicans are countering criticism that the move represents a troubling trend toward weakening the power of the minority party in Congress. The Senate voted 51-48 Wednesday to limit debate on nominations for lower-level federal courts and executive appointments, a change that will speed confirmation of President Donald Trump’s nominees. The new rules allow a simple majority in the Senate to break a filibuster of a nominee’s confirmation after two hours instead of 30.

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Senate changes rules to hasten confirmations

by Harvest Prude & Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/03/19, 06:24 pm

UPDATE: The U.S. Senate voted 51-48 Wednesday to limit debate on nominations for lower-level federal judgeships and executive appointments, a change that will speed confirmation of President Donald Trump’s nominees. The rules will allow a simple majority in the Senate to break a filibuster of a nominee’s confirmation after two hours instead of 30. The change will not apply to White House appointees to the Cabinet, Supreme Court, or appellate courts. Every Democrat opposed the measure, and Republican Sens.

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Trump pushes back healthcare vote

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/02/19, 11:43 am

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said Monday he will wait until after the 2020 election to push for a Republican healthcare plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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