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Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Capitol Hill, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Kevin McCarthy won't defend Donald Trump's 35-percent tariff

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Monday refused to back President-elect Donald Trump's push for a 35-percent tariff on companies that move operations abroad and then sell their goods back in the United States, saying corporate tax reform is the key to retaining American jobs. Published December 5, 2016

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Paul Ryan: Obamacare repeal to avoid disruption in coverage

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan says the next Congress will pursue a repeal of Obamacare immediately, even before Republicans have a replacement in hand, though that repeal will not pull the rug out from 20 million-plus Americans who gained coverage from President Obama's signature program. Published December 4, 2016

In this Oct. 24, 2016, file photo, the 2017 web site home page is seen on a laptop in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) **FILE**

Only a quarter of Americans support full Obamacare repeal: Poll

Americans' attitudes toward Obamacare remain split after the election, according to a tracking poll released Thursday that finds some Republicans are increasingly leery about following through on the party's plan for outright repeal of the 2010 law. Published December 1, 2016

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Health and Human Services Secretary, delivers the keynote address at an event hosted by the Brookings Institution entitled "A Reform Agenda for the Federal Budget Process," Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Price: Congress budget process requires complete overhaul

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, who is poised to become part of the Trump administration Cabinet, said tensions between Congress and the White House could be lessened if lawmakers could figure out how to write and stick to their budget. Published November 30, 2016

Elevators close on Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as he arrives at Trump Tower, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Donald Trump picks Obamacare foe for Health and Human Services secretary

President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he plans to nominate Rep. Tom Price to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, saying Mr. Price has earned a reputation for being a "tireless problem solver" and "the go-to expert on healthcare policy." Published November 29, 2016

In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito known to carry the Zika virus, is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Zika virus ravages the testes of male mice, sharply reducing sperm counts and fertility, said a study that raises a new specter about its threat to people. The mouse results appear in a paper released Monday, Oct. 31, by the journal Nature. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Texas reports suspected Zika case by mosquito bite

A Texas woman likely caught the Zika virus through a mosquito bite in the Rio Grande Valley, state officials said Monday, in the first locally acquired case to be reported outside of Florida within the U.S. mainland. Published November 28, 2016

This photo March 22, 2013, file photo shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

IRS targeting those not on Obamacare

The IRS is plowing ahead with controversial plans to use its files to try to prod more people to sign up for Obamacare -- but the tax agency has promised Congress it won't break any privacy laws. Published November 27, 2016

Republican John N. Kennedy got the most votes in a crowded field Nov. 8 but fell far short of the 50 percent required to win a U.S. Senate seat from Louisiana. (Associated Press)

Republican advantage numbers in Senate hinge on Louisiana runoff

Democrats have insisted that they will push to win the only outstanding Senate race in the country -- a Dec. 10 runoff election in Louisiana -- but it appears to be trending toward the Republican candidate, which would give the party an effective 52-48 majority next year. Published November 24, 2016

Rep. Tim Ryan, the Ohio Democrat challenging Nancy Pelosi for the party's House leadership, said focusing on Zika cost the Democrats in the election. (Associated Press)

Tim Ryan: Zika fight costly for Democrats in 2016 election

Rep. Tim Ryan says Democrats made a mistake by focusing so heavily on the Zika fight this summer, picking a parochial political battle over an issue that turned out not to be the disaster they'd been counting on. Published November 21, 2016

Senate Minority Leader-elect Chuck Schumer of  N.Y. speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Chuck Schumer vows to work with Trump, but digs in on climate change

Leading Senate Democrats on Sunday said they will not oppose President-elect Donald Trump's agenda just for the sake of it and will help him lift up workers who feel abandoned by Washington, yet they drew a red line on any efforts to repeal Obamacare, erode climate protections or push measures that smack of bigotry. Published November 20, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence pause for photographs as they arrive at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

VP-elect Mike Pence: All is well in Trump transition

Mike Pence said Sen. Jeff Sessions will be confirmed as attorney general and President-elect Donald Trump is bringing "energy" and "leadership" to a busy round of meetings. Published November 20, 2016