Tamar Hallerman

Tamar Hallerman is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia. She also contributes to the AJC’s Political Insider blog. Before joining the paper in January 2016, she wrote about government spending for CQ Roll Call. There she covered appropriations, budget, the resignation of John Boehner and more immigration-related news than she can remember. Before that, she was an energy reporter for three years. A native of Blacksburg, Virginia, she attended American University in Washington, D.C.

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With collapse of Senate GOP effort, a sigh of relief from Georgia hospitals
 In the hallways of many a hospital in Georgia, a sigh of relief rushed out at news of the collapse of the Senate Republican effort to repeal the Affordable
            Care Act in a manner that would have would have sent the U.S. health care system deeper into uncharted territory. Here’s the statement from Earl Rogers, president and...

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In the hallways of many a hospital in Georgia, a sigh of relief rushed out at news of the collapse of the Senate Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act in a manner that would have would have sent the U.S. health care system deeper into uncharted territory. Here’s the statement from Earl Rogers, president and...
Perdue, Isakson’s votes to repeal parts of Obamacare not enough to save effort
 WASHINGTON — Georgia’s two Republican U.S. Senators, David Perdue and Johnny Isakson, voted in the wee hours of the morning Friday to
            back a scaled-back plan to repeal parts of Obamacare, but their support was not enough to save the GOP’s eleventh-hour gambit,
            which was narrowly rejected 49-51. The...

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WASHINGTON — Georgia’s two Republican U.S. Senators, David Perdue and Johnny Isakson, voted in the wee hours of the morning Friday to back a scaled-back plan to repeal parts of Obamacare, but their support was not enough to save the GOP’s eleventh-hour gambit, which was narrowly rejected 49-51. The...
Isakson, Perdue back Senate’s new health care gambit
 A new phrase gripped Georgia advocates for and against Obamacare repeal Thursday — 
                  “Skinny Repeal”.
               
               After two Senate votes on previous proposals to scale back the 2010 health care law 
                  failed solidly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell 
       ...

Posted: 39 minutes ago

A new phrase gripped Georgia advocates for and against Obamacare repeal Thursday —  “Skinny Repeal”. After two Senate votes on previous proposals to scale back the 2010 health care law failed solidly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ...
Georgia Republicans okay money for Trump’s border wall
 WASHINGTON — All 10 Georgia Republicans serving in the U.S. House, as well as one of the state’s centrist Democrats, backed a government
            spending bill on Thursday that would set aside $1.6 billion to build a wall on the southern border. The lawmakers’ support helped send the $790 billion national security-focused...

Posted: 10 hours ago

WASHINGTON — All 10 Georgia Republicans serving in the U.S. House, as well as one of the state’s centrist Democrats, backed a government spending bill on Thursday that would set aside $1.6 billion to build a wall on the southern border. The lawmakers’ support helped send the $790 billion national security-focused...
Georgia GOP senators walk a tightrope with ‘Skinny Repeal’
 A new phrase gripped Georgia advocates for and against Obamacare repeal Thursday — “Skinny Repeal”. After two Senate votes on previous proposals to scale back the 2010 health care law failed solidly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was said to be heading toward this stripped-down incarnation of a bill to roll...

Posted: 11 hours ago

A new phrase gripped Georgia advocates for and against Obamacare repeal Thursday — “Skinny Repeal”. After two Senate votes on previous proposals to scale back the 2010 health care law failed solidly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was said to be heading toward this stripped-down incarnation of a bill to roll...
Brothers in the White House: ‘Some are like Cain and Abel’
 It appears that head-hunting has become the hobby to emulate within the White House. Obviously, President Donald Trump has it in for Jeff Sessions, 
            his U.S. attorney general and the head of the Justice Department. This morning, we find that Anthony Scaramucci, the new communications director in the White House, has chief of staff...

Posted: 20 hours ago

It appears that head-hunting has become the hobby to emulate within the White House. Obviously, President Donald Trump has it in for Jeff Sessions, his U.S. attorney general and the head of the Justice Department. This morning, we find that Anthony Scaramucci, the new communications director in the White House, has chief of staff...
The byzantine ritual that sits between the GOP and health care reform
 WASHINGTON —
            Sleep well, wear comfortable shoes and bring lots of snacks. That’s the advice floating around the north end of the U.S. Capitol
            as the Senate prepares to embark on 
            one of its most unique, byzantine — and useless, depending on whom you ask — traditions. The ritual of...

Posted: a day ago

WASHINGTON — Sleep well, wear comfortable shoes and bring lots of snacks. That’s the advice floating around the north end of the U.S. Capitol as the Senate prepares to embark on one of its most unique, byzantine — and useless, depending on whom you ask — traditions. The ritual of...
Isakson backs Obamacare repeal-and-delay effort he once criticized
 WASHINGTON — Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s vote Wednesday to back an Obamacare repeal-and-delay effort wasn’t exactly a surprise,
            but it was still notable given his past criticism of the approach. As we’ve 
            reported over the last few months, Isakson has kept his comments on health...

Posted: a day ago

WASHINGTON — Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s vote Wednesday to back an Obamacare repeal-and-delay effort wasn’t exactly a surprise, but it was still notable given his past criticism of the approach. As we’ve reported over the last few months, Isakson has kept his comments on health...
What the heck is a vote-a-rama?
 Sleep well, wear comfortable shoes and bring lots of snacks. That’s the advice floating around the north end of the U.S. Capitol as the Senate prepares to embark on one of its most unique, byzantine — and useless, depending on whom you ask — traditions. The ritual of “vote-a-rama” (yes, that’s an official...

Posted: a day ago

Sleep well, wear comfortable shoes and bring lots of snacks. That’s the advice floating around the north end of the U.S. Capitol as the Senate prepares to embark on one of its most unique, byzantine — and useless, depending on whom you ask — traditions. The ritual of “vote-a-rama” (yes, that’s an official...
The day a former pharmacist sent us hunting on Urban Dictionary
 WASHINGTON — It’s not every day that a Savannah-area baby boomer can stump a millennial like your Insider when it comes to slang, but
            then again there have been a lot of surprises in the nation’s capital lately. It all originated from a comment U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter made on MSNBC this afternoon that has been...

Posted: a day ago

WASHINGTON — It’s not every day that a Savannah-area baby boomer can stump a millennial like your Insider when it comes to slang, but then again there have been a lot of surprises in the nation’s capital lately. It all originated from a comment U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter made on MSNBC this afternoon that has been...
Updated: Perdue, Isakson back every major Senate GOP health care proposal
 WASHINGTON — If you’re having trouble keeping track of the various health care proposals floating around the Senate, you’re not alone. As GOP leaders looked to cobble together 50 votes behind an Obamacare replacement plan this week — 
            any plan, really — they put a ton of proposals up for test votes...

Posted: a day ago

WASHINGTON — If you’re having trouble keeping track of the various health care proposals floating around the Senate, you’re not alone. As GOP leaders looked to cobble together 50 votes behind an Obamacare replacement plan this week — any plan, really — they put a ton of proposals up for test votes...