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Arizona reaction to Senate health bill ranges from lukewarm to hostile

The Senate Republican plan to replace Obamacare was quickly attacked by Democrats and kept at arm’s length by Arizona’s Republican senators, who seemed less than eager to comment on a bill few had seen before its release Thursday.... Read more»

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GOP, Democrats argue wildfire causes; SRP officials worries about effect

Republican and Democratic members of a House panel agreed Thursday that many factors have led to the rising number of wildfires in the U.S. That was all they agreed on. While Republicans said “frivolous lawsuits” have led to widespread mismanagement of forests, Democrats argued for greater focus on “the climate aspect.” ... Read more»

Kicks on Route 66 may slow down if preservation money runs out

Nearly 32 years after Route 66 lost its designation as an official highway, one of the most storied routes in America could face another road block. The program created to preserve the road and landmarks along it is set to expire in two years.... Read more»

Trump plan to exit Paris accord riles Arizona Democrats, warms GOP

President Trump said Thursday the U.S. will withdraw from a global agreement on emissions that “handicaps” the economy, a move that Arizona critics charged will end up harming both the economy and the environment.... Read more»

Congress mulls military bills with fewest veteran members in decades

Since taking office in January, members of Congress have introduced nine separate pieces of legislation that deal with when and how the president should be allowed to use military force against terrorist groups abroad.... Read more»

VA: Treating vets discharged ‘other than honorably’ can cut suicides

A program that lets veterans with other-than-honorable discharges get emergency mental health care is just one of the steps the VA is taking to address increasing suicides by vets. The agency says 20 veterans in the U.S. take their own lives per day. Of those, only six used VA health care.... Read more»

Trump’s first budget draws praise, pans from Az lawmakers

The White House said its proposed $4.09 trillion budget shows “respect for the people who pay the bills,” but Arizona Democrats said deep domestic cuts make it a “dangerous plan” that will hurt the most vulnerable Americans.... Read more»

Gallego jumps district lines to hammer McSally in healthcare rally

As part of a political campaign designed to hammer away at Republican members of Congress for their votes on the American Health Care Act, Phoenix-based U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego hosted a town hall in Tucson, honing in on fellow Rep. Martha McSally's turf. ... Read more»1

Az lawmakers praise Trump on Syria strike, but warn about not being consulted

Most Arizona lawmakers agreed Friday that Syria’s apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians called for quick action by the U.S., but some said President Donald Trump went about it the wrong way.... Read more»

Az lawmakers give Trump’s first speech to Congress mixed reviews

President Donald Trump delivered an hour-long speech to Congress Tuesday that, while short on detail, was long on rhetoric that kept Republican lawmakers jumping to their feet and Democrats mostly sitting on their hands.... Read more»

Trans-Pacific trade debate makes for unusual allies, antagonists

Arizona exported $13.3 billion in goods in 2015 to the 11 Pacific Rim countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. That number accounted for 58 percent of the state’s total exports that year. But President Donald Trump signed an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the TPP.... Read more»

Watching from Tucson, Grijalva pans Trump address

While the fanfare of Donald Trump’s inauguration engulfed Washington, D.C., in a swath of traditions and “Make America Great Again” hats on Friday, Rep. Raúl Grijalva watched the ceremony alone from his office a couple thousand miles away.... Read more»

Grijalva joins dozens of other Democrats boycotting Trump inauguration

Two Arizona lawmakers will join dozens of Democrats who plan to boycott Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump, saying they will spend time with constituents instead. Reps. Raul Grijalva of Tucson and Ruben Gallego of Phoenix will be among at least 48 House and Senate Democrats who announced plans to skip the swearing-in.... Read more»2

Trump would face steep climb undoing possible Grand Canyon Nat'l Monument

President Obama could cement his environmental legacy by taking executive action to designate nearly 4 million acres of Western land as national monuments before leaving office next month.... Read more»

Some Arizona Democrats balk as Pelosi re-elected minority leader

House Democrats re-elected Nancy Pelosi their leader Wednesday with support from more than two-thirds of the caucus, but from just half of the Arizona Democrats in the state's congressional delegation. Reps. Raul Grijalva and Tom O'Halleran voted for the longtime leader, while Ruben Gallego and Kyrsten Sinema called for change.... Read more»

Democrats delay, as House GOP keeps leaders after historic elections

House Republicans capped a tumultuous campaign season by unanimously re-electing their leadership team Tuesday, while Democrats delayed their vote to give them time to figure out how to move forward following a disastrous election.... Read more»

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