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The White House’s fiscal 2021 budget plan includes $94.5 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, a 10% decrease from this year, part of an overall 5% cut in nondefense spending. The plan also calls for work requirements for some people currently receiving benefits like Medicaid.

Arizona health care advocates are confident that President Donald Trump’s plan to slash billions from health services is “dead on arrival” in Congress – but that doesn’t mean they’re not angry at the administration’s direction. Read more»

Ann Kirkpatrick and Lea Marquez Peterson

Put two candidates in a room and let them go at it. It would have made the Kirkpatrick-Peterson debate a lot more interesting and required less work from me to snarkily translate. Read more» 1

This was the scene last November, when more than 1,000 protesters rallied in Washington for immigration reform. Despite pressure from both sides of the aisle, however, Congress has not been able to pass any immigration legislation and is not expected to this year.

Just days after President Trump threatened to shut down the government if Congress does not act on immigration reform, the Senate joined the House for their August recess. After a year of squabbling, experts say it’s increasingly unlikely that anything will get done by this Congress. Read more»

Rep. Raul Grijalva with other Democratic lawmakers who took to the streets Wednesday to protest the Trump administration’s border enforcement policies that have restricted asylum claims and separated immigrant families.

House leaders this week derailed an attempt by Democrats and moderate Republicans to force a vote on a bipartisan package of immigration reform bills, announcing instead that they will bring two Republican bills to the floor. Read more»

With Republicans on a three-day retreat, Congress will not meet again until Monday – three days before the next potential government shutdown. But officials say they are optimistic, as negotiations continue on budget and immigration deals.

With a week to go before the budget expires, and Congress not meeting again until Monday, there is little outward sign of progress on spending or DACA bills that could head off the next government shutdown. Read more»

Franks during a 2012 congressional hearing.

Two things should bother us about this wave of revelations: 1) women face some seriously nasty behavior in the workforce, and 2) one accuser can end a man's career as we move toward “zero tolerance.” Read more»

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, shown in a 2013 file photo, said he will resign his seat Jan. 31 in the face of a House Ethics Committee investigation of claims by former female staffers of possible sexual harassment.

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., will resign from Congress after the Ethics Committee began investigating his request of two female staffers that they be surrogate mothers to a child for him. Read more» 2

House Speaker Paul Ryan at the unveiling of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Among many provisions in the 429-page bill is elimination of the state and local tax deduction, but Ryan said that would be more than offset by changes elsewhere in the plan.

A GOP tax-reform plan to eliminate deductions for state and local income and sales tax payments would affect one in five Arizona taxpayers, who used it to deduct more than $3.5 billion from their 2015 income. Read more»

In promoting his plan to overhaul of the nation’s tax system, President Donald Trump claimed 'the rich will not be gaining at all with this plan.'

In promoting his plan to overhaul of the nation’s tax system, President Donald Trump claimed “the rich will not be gaining at all with this plan.” Read more»

DACA supporters during a protest in January in Tucson.

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally and nine other GOP members of Congress submitted a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Friday asking him to find a legislative solution to the possible end of DACA. Read more»

Doug Martin, the owner of a group of conservative Christian-oriented radio stations in Tucson, said Wednesday that Trump must "repent humbly or resign" after blaming both sides for the violence at the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va. Read more» 1

With dozens of national Republicans specifically blasting Donald Trump's responses to the fatal neo-Nazi rally in Virginia, Rep. Martha McSally made a restrained comment Tuesday evening: "Let's be clear: white supremacy or any form of racism, bigotry, violence or domestic terrorism has no place in America." Read more»

A U.S. Capitol Police officer stands guard at the Capitol, where security was elevated Wednesday after a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress in a nearby town, wounding five people.

Lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill were grappling Wednesday with what one member called the “horrifying and concerning” shooting spree in a Washington suburb that left five people injured, including staffers, police officers and a House member. Read more»

A Congressional Budget Office analysis said the House Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, could end up costing 23 million Americans their coverage. In Arizona, experts put the number who could lose coverage at 400,000.

The Republican plan to replace Obamacare will force as many as 23 million Americans off health insurance over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office reported, with local experts predicting more than 400,000 of those will be in Arizona. Read more»

A new report says monthly health insurance premiums grew $400, or 190 percent, in Arizona from 2013 to 2017. The report did not mention tax credits that many low-income consumers got under Obamacare to help make coverage affordable.

Health insurance premiums nearly tripled in Arizona between 2013 and 2017, the fourth-biggest increase among the 39 states that participated in healthcare.gov, a new report said. But the report does not mention the tax credits that many low-income consumers received under Obamacare. Read more» 1

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