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Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill

In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in GOP-leaning farm country.

Rubio defection threatens GOP’s slim majority on tax bill

The Republicans’ razor-thin margin for driving their sweeping tax package through the Senate was thrown into jeopardy Thursday when GOP Sen. Marco Rubio declared he will vote against it unless negotiators expand the tax credit that low-income Americans can claim for their children.

House Freedom Caucus to air debt ceiling demands

The House Freedom Caucus plans to lay out three ways members would support raising the debt ceiling this month, including overhauling the debt limit and payment system or making deep cuts to mandatory spending.

Conservative caucus backs GOP health bill, but fate uncertain

The conservative House Freedom Caucus announced its support Wednesday for a newly revised GOP health care bill, a month after the group’s opposition forced Republican leaders to pull the legislation in an embarrassing retreat.

Freedom Caucus leaders near deal on health care plan

White House officials and several Republican lawmakers claimed Tuesday they were nearing a deal on health care legislation with the House Freedom Caucus, with at least three leading figures in the hard-line group ready to support an overhaul after the dramatic collapse of talks last month.

Trump can’t win fight w/Raul

In this morning's editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune comments that President Donald Trump can't win a showdown with Freedom Caucus poster boy Raul Labrador. Labrador, says Trillhaase, is "the Cruz director on the S.S. Dysfunction." He prefers blowing up legislative deals than passing them.

Labrador, Trump fire volleys in Twitter war…

There’s a bit of a Twitter war going on today between President Donald Trump and Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador. First, Trump tweeted this morning, “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We...

Trump blames GOP conservative faction for blocking health care bill

President Donald Trump on Sunday took hard-line congressional Republicans to task over last week’s failed attempt to push through a health care overhaul measure, but the principal target of his Twitter broadside declined to engage in any sparring with the White House, instead emphasizing the need to move forward.

Blaming conservatives, Trump signals new openness to Democrats

President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked conservative lawmakers for the failure of the Republican bill to replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law, as aides signaled a greater willingness to work with moderate Democrats on upcoming legislative battles from the budget and tax cuts to health care.

Deal averts vote on impeaching head of IRS

A last-minute deal between conservatives and GOP leaders in the House has averted votes expected Thursday on a measure to impeach the commissioner of the IRS.