Final Debate Underway On House Healthcare Bill, Metro Fare Hikes, Decreased Service

Final Debate Underway On House Healthcare Bill

House members are debating the Republican healthcare bill as the clock winds down toward an expected vote on the controversial measure. The final vote is expected to be very close with some conservative GOP lawmakers lining up with Democrats against the plan. Massachusetts Democrat Jim McGovern called the Republican bill an assault on middle class families. If it clears the House, the healthcare bill faces an uncertain fate in the Senate.

Metro Board Green Lights Fare Hikes, Decreased Service

Come July 1st, Metro will be more expensive to ride. Metro’s board approved a new budget today that calls for increased fares. Rush hour rail fares will increase 10 cents, while off-peak service will go up 25-cents. Metrobus service will cost a flat two-dollars. Not only will commuters be paying more for Metro, they’ll see less service. Trains will run every eight minutes, and five of the six lines will see fewer trains running through.

Sweet 16 Begins

Sweet 16 action gets underway later today in the NCAA Tournament. In the Midwest Region, it will be third-seeded Oregon against seventh-seeded Michigan and top-seeded Kansas taking on fourth-seeded Purdue in Kansas City. West Region action in San Jose, California pits top-seeded Gonzaga against fourth-seeded West Virginia. Then, second-seeded Arizona plays 11th-seeded Xavier. Four more Sweet 16 games are scheduled for tomorrow in New York and Memphis.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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