Author: DIANA HEIDGERD

Sanders bill expands Medicare for all, lacks details on cost

In this July 9, 2017 photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a “Care Not Cuts” rally in support of the Affordable Care Act in Covington, Ky. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is declining to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders’ universal health care bill saying that while she has long supported the idea the bill captures, of everybody getting health coverage, “Right now I’m protecting the Affordable Care Act.” (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

After Orlando, slight cracks in gun-rights’ grip on Congress

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2016, after a procedural vote on gun legislation. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2016, after a procedural vote on gun legislation. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — How has the Orlando shooting slaughter affected the politics of gun control in Congress? A bipartisan House measure barring firearms sales to some suspected terrorists nicely captures the mix of new and familiar forces in play.

GOP pushes abortion bill through House on March for Life Day

March for Life

Pro-abortion rights supporters hold up signs in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, as they wait for the arrival of anti-abortion demonstrators during the annual March for Life. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Senate may confirm up to 88 federal judges in ’14

Harry Reid

This Dec. 4, 2012, file photo shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pausing during his news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Impeded no more by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama’s top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Election-year Senate vote nears on minimum wage

Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Patty Murray, Cory Booker, Joe Manchin, Chris Coons

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and other Democrats criticize Republican opposition as they urge approval for raising the minimum wage, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. From left to right on bottom are Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chair of the Senate Budget Committee. At top left to right are, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama signs actions taking aim at gender pay gap

Barack Obama, Lilly Ledbetter

Women’s rights activist Lilly Ledbetter watches at left, and members of the audience take photos, as President Barack Obama signs new executive actions to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws for women, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The event marked Equal Pay Day. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Minimum wage value falling but fairness is debated

Barack Obama

In this Jan. 29, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks about raising the minimum wage during a visit to a Costco store in Lanham, Md. “Give America a raise!” President Barack Obama implored Congress in his State of the Union address. But it would cost jobs, Republicans warned. The political divide over raising the federal minimum wage is deep, driven by politics, ideology and demographics. Democrats, it turns out, represent more poor and low-wage workers than Republicans do. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)