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Political Research Wrap-Up: Not much of a recess for Congress.

2017 September 11


While Congress was on recess, discussion over hurricanes, white supremacists, and North Korea kept them from enjoying it.

Notable Public Statements:

Check out our latest piece. Click here to read “Rising Tensions with North Korea: A Timeline.”

Recent Legislation:

  • Health Care Amendments:

S Amdt 270: This amendment would have replaced the ACA with the Better Care Reconciliation Act, also known as the “repeal and replace” option.

S Amdt 271: Senate also voted on a bill that would have replaced the ACA with the “Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017,” or the “repeal-only” option.

S Amdt 340: This amendment would have expanded Medicare coverage, providing comprehensive health insurance for all United States residents.

S Amdt 667: The final health care vote to pass an amendment that would have replaced the ACA with the Health Care Freedom Act of 2017, or the “skinny repeal” option.

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Did the Senate vote to repeal Obamacare?

2017 July 27 - Alejandro Murguia-Ortiz

On July 25, your social media feed was likely filled with victory cries from those seeking to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the still-evolving Senate version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Opponents also took to social media with messages of defeat. However, the debate is anything but finished.

So what’s actually going on with the Senate healthcare bill? Is the Affordable Care Act repealed? And, what is the Senate voting on?

Well, it’s tricky, so bear with me—I’m not even sure if someone currently voting in the capitol can easily explain where the debate stands. I’ll simplify the issue and provide a brief timeline of how we got to where we are today.

Political Research Wrap Up: Comey, Healthcare, and Foreign Policy in Under 140 Characters

2017 June 02

 James Comey, health care, and foreign policy in under 140 characters. Read on to find out what has kept Congress and President Trump's Twitter account so busy.

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