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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at thowell@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Tom Howell Jr.

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Dec. 8, 2016, file photo. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Why key Republican holdouts are now flipping to 'yes' on health care

A prominent Republican reversed course Wednesday and said he will back the GOP plan to replace Obamacare, breathing new life into the repeal effort as President Trump and House leaders try to win over holdouts with extra money for consumers who might struggle to afford coverage under their plan. Published May 3, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., accompanied by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.,speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, following the Republican Caucus meeting. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

House GOP says their bill bests Obamacare on pre-existing conditions

House GOP leaders on Tuesday said their health care bill would replace Obamacare's wobbly market with one that drives down costs for people with pre-existing medical conditions, as they scramble to pull in votes from hesitant centrists who say the measure erodes critical protections for Americans who are already sick. Published May 2, 2017

President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, signs an Executive Order on the Establishment of Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy at The AMES Companies, Inc., in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday, April, 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Insurers vow to leave Obamacare if Trump cancels cost-sharing plan

A major Obamacare insurer says it will quit the program immediately if the White House cancels cost-sharing payments, underscoring the dilemma facing President Trump, who is trying to use the money as leverage to force Democrats to the bargaining table. Published April 30, 2017

Republicans Reps. Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Louie Gohmert, and Sen. Rand Paul at a press conference covering health care last month: These "Freedom Caucus' members are often vilified by the news media. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obamacare favored by majority of Americans: Poll

New polling says the GOP's latest ideas on health care are unpopular and that a majority of Americans will hold President Trump and his congressional allies responsible for Obamacare's problems moving forward, underscoring the tall task before Republicans sticking to a repeal-and-replace strategy. Published April 26, 2017

President Trump is working with Mick Mulvaney (left), director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, and other members of his team to prepare for a government shutdown in case Congress can't reach a budget deal by the end of the week. (Associated Press/File)

Trump budget team downplays risk, consequences of government shutdown

President Trump and his budget team are voicing confidence that a government shutdown will be averted before Friday's deadline, even as they methodically go through an Obama-era checklist of preparations for shuttering departments and agencies just in case Congress can't agree on a spending bill in time. Published April 23, 2017