- 11:05 pm Thursday, June 29th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Struggling to resolve differences over a GOP health care overhaul bill in the Senate, Republicans in the Congress left Washington, D.C. for a July Fourth break with unresolved questions about a series of major items on President Donald Trump’s agenda, as legislative work in Congress during the month of June brought the White House some minor successes, but Republicans are still searching for workable plans to advance tax cuts, the budget and much more.
Here’s a run down on where things stand on Capitol Hill:
1. Health care remains the bottleneck for the Trump Agenda. It was eight weeks ago that jubilant [More]
- 5:24 pm Thursday, June 29th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
With the strong backing of President Donald Trump, the House on Thursday approved two bills to toughen federal laws dealing with illegal immigration, stiffening penalties for people who re-enter the U.S. illegally after being deported, and withholding federal grant money from so-called “sanctuary cities,” which protect people from immigration agents.
“It is time to put the safety of AMERICANS before the comfort of criminal aliens,” the President said on social media.
The House voted along party lines to approve extra penalties for sanctuary cities; the vote was 228-195.
One of the bills was named after Kate Steinle, who was shot and killed [More]
- 11:58 am Thursday, June 29th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
A pair of morning tweets by President Donald Trump, where he attacked the hosts of a morning cable television show in personal terms, saying one was “was bleeding badly from a face-lift,” drew public rebukes from a handful of GOP lawmakers in the Congress, as Speaker Paul Ryan said the President’s outburst did not help efforts to instill more civility in politics.
“Obviously, I don’t see that as an appropriate comment,” Speaker Ryan said in a response to a question from a reporter from Fox News.
“What we’re trying to do around here is improve the tone, the civility, of [More]
- 6:19 pm Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Trying to turn the focus more to the actions of the Obama Administration in 2016, several Republican Senators joined President Donald Trump in criticizing President Obama’s reaction to Russian meddling in last year’s elections, saying at a hearing that the former President didn’t do enough to raise alarms about Moscow’s efforts.
“He stood idly by – as we heard today – in the 2016 election,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) during a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“The Obama Administration did not take the significant actions that were needed,” added Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID). “You know, he was aware that [More]
- 12:50 pm Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
A day after Republican leaders unexpectedly delayed action on a Senate health care bill, President Donald Trump pressed GOP Senators to get on board with the legislative effort, arguing that it’s time to move on from the Obama health law.
“Obamacare is dying, it’s essentially dead,” the President said in a photo op at the White House.
“It’s been a headache for everybody, it’s been a nightmare for many,” the President added, as he made clear his desire for the GOP to reach an agreement that can get 50 votes in the Senate.
The original plan had been to vote this week [More]
- 11:58 pm Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
In a surprise to many in his own party, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday postponed plans for a vote this week on a GOP health care bill, as internal divisions among Republicans burst into the open on the best way to overhaul the Obama health law, delaying any vote until next month at the earliest.
Here is what’s next on the health care front:
1. No vote until after the July Fourth break. The plan from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was to have a final vote on a GOP health bill by this Friday at the latest. Instead, [More]
- 2:50 pm Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Unable to muster enough votes, Republican leaders in the Senate said on Tuesday that they would not force a final vote on a GOP health care bill this week, trying to get extra time to negotiate a plan which could win the backing of 50 Republican Senators, as a vote seemed like to slip into the month of July.
“It’s a big complicated subject,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who downplayed GOP troubles, vowing not to give up on changes to the Obama health law.
“Legislation of this complexity almost always takes longer than anybody would hope,” McConnell added, as GOP [More]
- 10:39 pm Monday, June 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Hours after the release of a Congressional Budget Office review of a Republican health care bill in the Senate, GOP leaders on Monday night found themselves on the defensive, as a small group of Senate Republicans indicated they might not even vote this week to start debate on the GOP health bill, let alone support the final product.
“CBO says 22 million people lose insurance,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who made clear the GOP plans to reduce Medicaid spending by $772 billion over ten years was unacceptable in her home state.
Collins was joined by several other Republicans in publicly saying [More]
- 10:53 am Monday, June 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
In a big legal victory for President Donald Trump, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday almost totally set aside a pair lower court injunctions that had blocked Trump Administration plans to bar visitors and refugees from six mostly Muslim countries. The move allows most of the President’s controversial travel plan to go into effect immediately, while still allowing legal challenges to the effort later this year.
“Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security,” the President said in a written statement issued by the White House.
“My number one responsibility as Commander in Chief is to [More]
- 8:54 pm Sunday, June 25th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Almost everywhere I went this weekend and ran into someone I knew, there was one question asked by just about everyone – whether it was at the pool, on the golf course, or grilling burgers in my back yard – “Will the Republicans get their health care bill through the Senate this week?”
Let’s take a look at what the GOP has to do to get that bill approved.
1. A test for the Senate Majority Leader. The hamburgers had barely touched the grill on Sunday evening, when my father – a veteran of many legislative showdowns on Capitol Hill – asked [More]