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Divided Senate confirms Trump health secretary

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WASHINGTON — Republican­s won Senate confirmati­on of President Donald Trump’s choice for health secretary early Friday in the testy chamber’s fourth consecutiv­e brawl over Cabinet picks.

Senators approved Rep. Tom Price, R- Ga., to head the Health and Human Services Department by a strictly party- line 52- 47 vote in the dead of night. A debate that Democrats prolonged until nearly 2 a.m. EST Friday was dotted with bitter accusation­s, reflecting the raw feelings enveloping Washington early in Trump’s presidency.

No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said Democrats’ “obstructio­n” of Cabinet nominees was a rejection of Trump’s Election Day victory and threatened “the stability of the government and that peaceful transition of power” from President Barack Obama.

Citing Price’s long-time support for revamping the Medicare program for the elderly, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that with Price’s confirmati­on, “The Republican­s launch their first assault in their war on seniors.” Trump has said he won’t cut Medicare.

Republican­s see Price, an orthopedic surgeon and seven- term House veteran, as a knowledgea­ble leader who will help scuttle Obama’s health care overhaul, partly by issuing regulation­s weakening the law. Democrats describe an ideologue with a shady history of trading health care stocks and whose policies will snatch insurance coverage from Americans.

“He seems to have no higher priority than to terminate health coverage for millions of people,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. She said his preference for limiting women’s access to free birth control was “not only wrong, it’s arrogant.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Price, 62, “knows more about health care policy than just about anyone.” He said Price would help “bring stability to health care markets that Obamacare has harmed.”

Price’s nomination is part of a larger clash in which Republican­s want to quickly enact priorities long blocked by Obama. Democrats, with few tools as Congress’ minority, are making a show of resistance, stretching some floor debates to the maximum 30 hours Senate rules allow.

The high stakes plus Trump’s belligeren­t style have fed the combativen­ess. They’ve also produced remarkable scenes, including Democratic boycotts of hearings, Republican­s suspending committee rules to approve nominees and GOP senators voting to bar Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., from joining a debate.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, accused Democrats of opposing Trump’s nominees with “apocalypti­c visions of a future world gone mad.” He wondered how Democrats kept “their outrage settings turned to 11 without getting completely exhausted.”

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The following gentlemen served as pallbearer­s: Jeremi Wester, Ken Kimsey, Zach Pope, Tony Cushing, Cody Cushing and Kenneth Kimsey.

Messages of condolence can be made to the family by signing the online guestbook at gammagefh. com.

The Olin L. Gammage and Sons Funeral Home handled the arrangemen­ts for Ms. Susan Ann Eaves. ents; sisters, Dot Willingham, and Sara Brock Hondett; brothersin-law, Monroe Johnson, “Pud” Willingham, and Clark Brock.

The funeral arrangemen­ts for Mr. Johnny W. Youngblood were conducted on Tuesday Feb. 7, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the afternoon at Faith Baptist Church with Rev. Earl Partain and Rev. Danny Tucker officiatin­g.

Interment followed in Northview Cemetery with Rev. Tony Shubert officiatin­g.

The f a mily o f Mr. Youngblood received family and friends on Monday evening, Feb. 6, 2017 at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearer­s: Scott Brock, David Willingham, Rodney Johnson, John Pilgrim, Tom McClure, and Adam Willingham.

The following gentlemen served as honorary pallbearer­s: Greg Swafford, Randy Stephens, along with the City of Cedartown’s Fire Department.

Messages of condolence can be made to the family by signing the online guestbook at gammagefh. com.

The Olin L. Gammage and Sons Funeral Home handled the arrangemen­ts for Mr. Johnny William Youngblood.

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