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Senate Overwhelmingly Sends Russia Sanctions Bill to Trump’s Desk
The White House has sent mixed signals over whether Trump will sign it

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said President Donald Trump’s refusal to recognize Russian interference in the 2016 election affected the sanctions bill. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate on Thursday passed 98-2 a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea. 

The White House, which has been plagued for months over a federal investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, has sent mixed signals over whether Trump would sign the legislation. 

The Latest From the Senate Vote-a-Rama
The Senate will consider a series of amendments to its health care overhaul efforts

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., hold a news conference on Thursday to demand assurances on the "skinny" health care repeal bill.(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate is expected to be in session through the night and possibly into the morning hours of Friday to consider amendments to the bill Republicans want to use to repeal parts of the 2010 health care law.

The health care effort is attached to a budget process known as reconciliation, which traditionally comes to a conclusion with an all-night vote-a-rama session on the Senate floor where members consider dozens upon dozens of amendments.

John Delaney Won’t Run for Re-election in 2018
Three-term congressman reportedly eyeing presidential bid in 2020

Maryland Rep. John Delaney may be looking to run for president in 2020. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Maryland Democratic Rep. John Delaney is expected to soon announce that he won’t run for re-election or governor in 2018. 

Bethesda Magazine reported Thursday that the three-term congressman is expected to detail his plans — which may include a 2020 presidential bid — in a Washington Post op-ed Friday. Delaney had been considered a potential challenger to Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan, but sources told Politico Delaney won’t seek that office and will instead take a look at seeking much higher office in three years.  

Some Red State Democrats Reject Single-Payer Amendment
Most Democrats voted “present” to protest the GOP strategy

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., voted against a GOP single-payer amendment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats largely protested a GOP effort to put senators on the record on a plan providing universal health care, but a handful running for re-election in Republican-leaning states decided to reject the single-payer system.

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont, introduced an amendment Wednesday night to amend the House-passed health care legislation currently on the floor and replace it with a Democratic bill giving every American health care through Medicare. Daines does not support the Medicare-for-All bill, but he argued that the American people should know Democrats’ position on the issue. Democrats cried foul, saying that Republicans were playing politics.

Chaos Consumes Future of Obamacare Repeal Effort
Senate Republicans have “assurances” the House would go to conference with the chamber

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday he would support a slimmed-down bill to repeal the 2010 health care law in order to get to a conference with the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By JOE WILLIAMS, REMA RAHMAN and LINDSEY McPHERSON

Senate Republicans are hinging their support on a “skinny” bill to repeal the 2010 health care law on assurances that the chamber would go to conference with the House on a broader bill with replacement measures.

Tax Overhaul Moves Forward Without Border Adjustment Plan
Questions still remain on how to rewrite the tax code

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady said negotiators from Congress and the Trump administration dropped the border adjustment tax proposal “in order for us to unify.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By LINDSEY MCPHERSON and JOHN T. BENNETTUpdated 5:39 p.m. | The decision by the White House and Republican leaders to drop a controversial border adjustment tax proposal as they proceed with negotiations on how to rewrite the tax code provides more questions than answers about where their effort is headed.

The border adjustment tax, known as the BAT, would have reversed the current way the United States taxes goods crossing its borders by taxing imports but exempting exports.

Democrats Plan to Push ‘Better Deal’ Over August Recess
Party seeks feedback from voters about its economic plan

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, center, joined top Democrats at a rally in Berryville, Va., on Monday to unveil their party’s “Better Deal” economic agenda. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats are confident they will be able to hammer home their newly unveiled economic agenda, even as health care and Washington drama dominate the news. And they’re planning to use the upcoming August recess to do just that.

“I’m branding our entire August district work period as ‘A better deal for the heartland,’” Rep. Cheri Bustos said. 

‘Skinny’ Obamacare Repeal Bill Takes Shape
Language still fluid hours before an expected vote

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, right, says repealing the individual and employer mandates in the 2010 health care law unites the GOP conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A “skinny” bill to repeal portions of the 2010 health care law crafted by Senate Republican leadership behind closed doors is starting to take shape, but the language remains fluid hours before an expected vote on the measure.

The current proposal would repeal the individual mandate, partially repeal the employer mandate and defund Planned Parenthood for one year, a Senate GOP aide said.

CBO: 16 Million More Uninsured Under Potential 'Skinny' Repeal

Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., and his GOP leadership colleagues are drafting a "skinny" repeal bill of the Affordable Care Act that would leave an additional 16 million people without insurance and spike premiums. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

An additional 16 million people would be uninsured by 2026 under a so-called “skinny repeal” measure Senate Republicans may be crafting, according to a Congressional Budget Office report requested by Senate Democrats. The analysis is of provisions that Senate Republicans have said might be in such a measure, but Republicans have not released the actual text.

The estimate evaluates a potential bill that would repeal the 2010 health law’s (PL 111-148 , PL 111-152) individual and employer mandates and medical device tax, as well as its prevention and public health and community health center funds. The Democrats’ interpretation of the GOP bill includes a provision to defund Planned Parenthood for one year. Democrats on the Finance and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committees asked for an analysis of selected provisions in the replacement plan measure that Senate Republicans had previously introduced.

House Readies Debate on Defense Amendments

Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, followed here by Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, sponsored the language to provide money for a border wall with Mexico. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Rules Committee on Wednesday approved a structured rule governing floor debate for amendments to the fiscal 2018 defense appropriations bill, the final piece of the four-bill minibus spending package on the House floor.

Legislators will work through 54 amendments in the defense measure (HR 3219) during debate Thursday, including language to restrict spending defense funds on certain projects in Afghanistan and Yemen and efforts to add funds for missile defense and other weapons programs.