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Vern Buchanan says momentum is growing for bill to ban horse slaughter

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Congress is just into the second week of a five-week summer August break, but that doesn’t mean lawmakers are staying idle when it comes to working on gaining support for legislation they’re sponsoring. Take Sarasota’s Vern Buchanan, whose office announced Thursday that his bill that would ban the killing of horses for human consumption picked up its 150th co-sponsor in New York Republican Dan Donovan.

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Marco Rubio to chair commission on China

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Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio announced Wednesday that he has been appointed chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. The commission was created in 2000 to monitor human rights and legal issues in China and submit an annual report to the president and Congress. Rubio previously served as chair of the 23-member body, which includes nine senators, nine representatives and five senior administration officials appointed by the president. “I am honored to continue leading the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.14.15 — Can Obama get 34 senators to stay with him on Iran deal?

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Today’s nuclear announcement between the U.S. and Iran will be the big story today and throughout the rest of the summer in Washington. Once the proposal is sent to Congress, the clock begins, with the House and Senate having 60 days to tear the thing apart, which they’re already doing. Once they reject the proposal, President Obama will veto that rejection, and that’s when he’ll need his Democratic senator friends to salvage the deal — 34 senators would need to…

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No bond decision for doctor charged with Bob Menendez

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A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez was sent back to jail for another two weeks Monday as a judge tried to ensure he couldn’t flee if released on bond. Defense attorneys for Dr. Salomon Melgen remained tangled with prosecutors over the eye surgeon’s foreign holdings and how to effectively tie up his investments and real estate to minimize the chance he would run away to his native Dominican Republic or elsewhere if freed on…

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Barbara Boxer takes Marco Rubio to task about telling Americans where to stay in Cuba

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It’s not often Marco Rubio gets chastised by Barbara Boxer about being anti-business, but when it comes to the volatile issue of Cuba, traditional ideologies seem to collapse. The exchange between the Florida Republican and California Democrat took place Wednesday morning during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Cuba, where U.S. diplomats are to meet with their Cuban colleagues Thursday. It will be the third such gathering since the two nations announced a diplomatic breakthrough in December. While questioning…

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Break over, Congress faces fights over Medicare, Iran, AG nomination

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Racing the calendar, Senate leaders are pushing toward congressional approval of a bipartisan compromise that reshapes how Medicare pays physicians as lawmakers return from a spring break tangled up in domestic and foreign policy disputes. Republican and Democratic senators are trying to influence an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, and there’s a fight over abortion. Also, President Barack Obama is awaiting Senate action on his long-delayed nomination of federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to become attorney general. For Senate Democrats, the…

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DSCC says it’s firmly behind Kendrick Meek

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From NBC’s Mark Murray: In Florida’s Senate race, Kendrick Meek (D) is trailing Charlie Crist (I) and Marco Rubio (R) in general-election polls. And according to a new Quinnipiac survey, he’s leading wealthy primary challenger Jeff Greene (who’s friends with Mike Tyson and Heidi Fleiss, and who made his money off subprime mortgages) by just two points. But in a roundtable discussion with reporters today, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Bob Menendez said that his committee is fully behind Meek. Asked if the DSCC would object…

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