Capitol Police arrest 95 in demonstrations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the effort by congressional Republicans to pass a health care bill (all times local):

7 p.m.

U.S. Capitol Police say they arrested nearly 100 people during protests over legislation that would roll back much of former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said in a statement that officers responded twice to Senate visitor galleries and once to the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building on Tuesday afternoon.

She says 31 demonstrators in the visitor galleries were arrested charged with disrupting Congress after they refused to stop their “unlawful demonstration activities.”

In the office building, 64 people were arrested and charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding under District of Columbia code.

The demonstrations came as the Senate voted Tuesday to move forward with the Republicans’ long-promised legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.


5:15 p.m.

Democrats say the Senate parliamentarian has found additional parts of the Republican health care bill that Democrats can block because they violate Senate rules.

One provision would let insurers charge older people premiums at least five times greater than what younger customers pay. Republicans are trying to repeal much of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, which limits that ratio to 3-1.

Another provision would let small businesses combine to form so-called association health plans that could be sold across state lines.

The parliamentarian said last week that other language also broke the rules, including blocking federal money to Planned Parenthood.

Republicans said the ruling was advisory and they’d try adjusting the language.

Provisions breaking rules need 60 votes to pass, more than the GOP has.


3:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump is praising the Senate for moving forward on health care repeal.

He says a vote Tuesday to take up the Republican health care bill “was a big step.”

Trump is speaking at a joint press…

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