NYT: 2 Senators Strike Deal on Health Subsidies That Trump Cut Off
A plan by Senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Patty Murray of Washington to fund health subsidies for low-income consumers won President Trump’s backing.
By Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear

A bipartisan deal has emerged between Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray that will fund the health subsidies for the Affordable Care Act for the next two years. 

This will negate Trump’s shameful and nihilistic decision to quit funding them. It’s entirely possible that this will die in the Senate or House (more likely than we’d like to think, actually), and it’s possible that Trump won’t sign it, but Trump did endorse the plan today (which is odd, because he also said today that “Obamacare is dead”),

So maybe premiums won’t jump up and people won’t lose their health insurance. We’ll see if Congress can do its job.


I cover Congress, and one of the coolest secrets about my job is the furry, four-legged friend I get to bring to work everyday.

Mickey Chang is my effervescent, forever loving, black and white Shih Tzu. You may not know this — but the U.S. Capitol is the most dog-friendly workplace you will ever find. And come on — anyone who has to watch Congress all day needs a therapy dog.

And besides, Mickey loves schmoozing with senators.

Lawmakers have been bringing their dogs to the U.S. Capitol since the 1800s, according to the Senate Historian’s Office.

“In the late 19th century and the early 20th century, all the reporting about dogs has to do with dogs fighting or being on the loose in some way,” says Assistant Senate Historian Dan Holt.

Despite Partisan Rancor, Democrats And Republicans Can Agree On Dogs

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From shampoo to lotion, the use of personal care products is widespread, however, there are very few protections in place to ensure their safety. [This bill] will require [the] FDA to review chemicals used in these products and provide clear guidance on their safety. In addition, the legislation has broad support from companies and consumer groups alike.

Earlier last week, members of Congress and their staffs were greeted by a makeshift golf expo set up in the Rayburn House Office Building.

The event included golf shot simulators, certified golf instructors and a putting challenge between Democrats and Republicans. It was all part of National Golf Day, an annual event organized by the industry that promotes the economic and health benefits of the sport.

American politicians have had an affinity with golf dating back at least as far as William Howard Taft, the first-known president to hit the links. Since then, Democrats and Republicans alike have enjoyed game. But as hyperpartisan politics have become more commonplace in Washington, bipartisan golf outings have disappeared like a shanked tee shot into a water hazard.

On Links As In Life, D.C. Bipartisan Relations Are Deep In The Rough

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