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Tom Howell Jr.

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. participates in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 24, 2015, with members of the House GOP leadership. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama impeding attempt to lift sequester: House majority leader

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday that Republicans will not try to lift "sequester" limits during the annual spending process because the caps are written into law and they view President Obama as an uncooperative negotiator. Published April 28, 2015

House Speaker John A. Boehner. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

House Republicans start 2016 budgets, too early for Democrats

The House will take up 2016 spending bills this week even as Republican negotiators finalize a budget framework and the White House warns Republicans not to forge ahead without lifting mandatory spending caps the parties agreed to years ago. Published April 26, 2015

A kit with naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan, is displayed at the South Jersey AIDS Alliance in Atlantic City, N.J., on Feb. 19, 2014. An overdose of opiates essentially makes the body forget to breathe. Naloxone works by blocking the brain receptors that opiates latch onto and helping the body "remember" to take in air. (Associated Press) **FILE**

CDC: Time for all EMS staff to employ overdose-reversal drug

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday urged emergency response agencies to make sure all of their staff members know how to use an overdose-reversal treatment that can prevent deaths from prescription opioid or heroin use. Published April 24, 2015

Sen David Vitter, Louisiana Republican (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Sen. David Vitter's Obamacare subpoena bid doomed by five GOP defections

Five Senate Republicans voted with Democrats Thursday to reject Sen. David Vitter's attempt to subpoena the D.C. health exchange, dealing a blow to his one-man probe into why Congress is allowed to use the city's small-business health program although it employs thousands. Published April 23, 2015

"Our work today and in the coming weeks will show hardworking taxpayers that Congress is committed to a government that's more effective and more accountable," said Sen. Mike Enzi, Wyoming Republican. (Associated Press)

House, Senate closer to smoothing budget differences

The House and Senate began to smooth out their differences Monday over federal spending in 2016 and beyond, paving the way for showdowns between majority Republicans and President Obama over Obamacare, whether to slash health and welfare programs instead of raising taxes, and how to bolster the Pentagon without running afoul of spending caps the lawmakers agreed to years ago. Published April 20, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Marco Rubio steps up rhetoric in Iran

Sen. Marco Rubio polished off his first week as a 2016 candidate Sunday by saying Iran could face war unless it abandons all hope of developing a nuclear bomb, offering a dose of tough talk days after congressional Democrats struck a deal with Republicans to give Congress a say over an emerging deal between the Islamic Republic and the White House. Published April 19, 2015

Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican, says he'll try to force the Senate to vote on a bill halting the subsidy that lawmakers and their staffs get to pay for insurance on the Obamacare exchanges, saying that's a benefit no other American receives, so Congress shouldn't either. (Associated Press)

GOP senator wants to subpoena D.C. health care exchange

Republican Sen. David Vitter will ask his Senate committee next week to authorize a subpoena against the D.C. health exchange, turning up the heat in his lengthy quest to find out who allowed Congress to use the city's small-business Obamacare portal. Published April 17, 2015