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Will Weissert
Texas trading House seniority for newcomers

Texas trading House seniority for newcomers

AUSTIN -- Four veteran Texas Republicans are quitting Congress, meaning the country's largest red state will be trading House seniority for newcomers who could prove even more conservative and willing to buck their party's leadership on Capitol Hill.

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Andrew Taylor and Erica Werner
Rep. Hensarling latest GOP House retirement

Rep. Hensarling latest GOP House retirement

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Texas conservative who has fought attempts to more strictly regulate Wall Street and the banking sector, said Tuesday that he'll be the latest Republican House member to retire at the end of the current term of Congress.

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Erica Werner
Some in GOP open to banning gun accessory used in Vegas

Some in GOP open to banning gun accessory used in Vegas

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senior congressional Republicans say they are open to considering legislation banning "bump stocks" like the shooter in Las Vegas apparently used to make semi-automatic rifles perform more like fully automatic weapons.

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Collins’ opposition slams health care drive

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Alan Fram

WASHINGTON -- The last-gasp Republican drive to tear down President Barack Obama's health care law essentially died Monday as Maine Sen. Susan Collins joined a small but decisive cluster of GOP senators in opposing the push.

Ryan won’t say tax plan won’t raise deficit

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Alan Fram

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan declined Wednesday to say the evolving Republican tax cut plan won't add to the nation's already mammoth budget deficits. A chief goal of the effort will be to spark economic growth, he said in an AP Newsmaker interview.

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Hurricane aid measure grows to $15B as Irma bears down

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans have almost doubled the size of the disaster relief package for Harvey to more than $15 billion, a first installment to help communities in Texas rebuild from the storm -- and stock reserves for looming damage from Hurricane Irma.