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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 10:52 PM

House Democrats want more information on Trump administration's threats over Murkowski's health care

House Democrats want more information on Trump administration’s threats over Murkowski’s health care vote

WASHINGTON — The federal Government Accountability Office has agreed to offer a legal opinion on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's phone calls to Alaska's U.S. senators about legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The GAO, the government's independent watchdog, responded Friday to a request from Democratic Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey and Raul Grijalva of Arizona. Pallone is the top Democrat on the Committee for Energy and Commerce, and Grijalva, on the Committee for Natural Resources.

The congressmen were responding to a report by Alaska Dispatch News about phone calls Zinke made to Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan — at the behest of President Donald Trump — regarding Murkowski's "no" vote on repealing Obamacare.

Sullivan told Alaska Dispatch News that Zinke made clear that Murkowski's vote could result in repercussions for Alaska.

Read more: https://www.adn.com/politics/2017/09/08/house-democrats-want-more-information-on-trump-administrations-threats-over-murkowskis-health-care-vote/

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