Alaska energy threat a new low, House leader says

29 Jul 2017   Congress

The Trump administration walked an ethical line by using a “bag man” to threaten Alaska’s energy over a healthcare vote, a leader in the U.S. House said. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski , R-Alaska, joined two other Republican leaders in voting against the so-called “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act, the signature healthcare policy of former President Barack Obama . The measure, a last-ditch effort to overhaul Obamacare, failed with a 51-49 vote early Friday morning. Ahead of the vote, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spoke with Murkowski and fellow Sen. Dan Sullivan, who voted in favor of the repeal, and threatened to block plans for more oil […]

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