House Republicans Plan Vote On Abortion Bill Despite Complaints From Women Lawmakers
Some Republican members say that the bill, which bans abortions after 20 weeks, is too harsh. Also on Capitol Hill, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, defines some of the issues he hopes to tackle at the helm of the Finance Committee.
House Leaders Sticking With Abortion Bill Despite Defections
House Republican leadership is planning to move forward with a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks, despite opposition from female lawmakers who fear the legislation is too harsh and could turn off young voters. (Sherman and French, 1/20)
Kaiser Health News:
Hatch Vows To Dismantle Health Law But Predicts Bipartisan Success On Other Issues
While Republicans cannot expect a full repeal of the health law while President Barack Obama remains in office, the GOP intends to “strike away at it, piece by piece,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Tuesday. But in a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hatch also said he expected that Republican and Democratic lawmakers would work together on several other key pieces of health legislation. (Carey, 1/20)
Also in the news is an effort to help Capitol Hill cafeteria workers keep their health care during legislative breaks.
House Cafeteria Workers On A Health Care Roller Coaster
House Democrats haven’t been able to make much progress on expanding health insurance coverage since Republicans took control in 2011. But they’ve scored a minor victory this month for some House cafeteria employees. (Haberkorn, 1/20)