Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Old jabs about Obama vacations echo as Trump takes his own summer break

8:00 am Aug. 5, 2017

The White House says President Donald Trump will be on a “working vacation” during his 17-day stay at his golf retreat in Bedminster, New Jersey, a familiar refrain from administrations of both parties in recent years, as Mr. Trump – who routinely attacked his predecessor for taking vacations away from the White House – now finds himself on the receiving end of similar political barbs.

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President joins Congress on summer break as Trump agenda remains stalled

3:05 pm Aug. 4, 2017

As President Donald Trump headed on Friday for an extended summer stay at his New Jersey golf retreat, Republican leaders in the Congress were already home, still searching for the magic legislative formula to advance major items on Mr. Trump’s agenda on Capitol Hill, as their slow start on key issues has set up what could be a frenetic September that risks not being able to deliver a different outcome

Senators seek support for bipartisan bills to stop Trump from firing Mueller

9:09 pm Aug. 3, 2017

As Senators prepared to leave Capitol Hill for a four week summer break, a pair of lawmakers from both parties unveiled legislation designed to stop President Donald Trump from firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI Director who is now leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, who has been the target of attacks on his probe from both the President and some of his top

Difficult road ahead in Congress for bill to slow legal immigration into U.S.

10:02 pm Aug. 2, 2017

Despite a very big public boost from President Donald Trump and White House officials, a plan to scale back on legal immigration into the United States, and to emphasize more highly skilled workers, faces a tough fight in the Congress, as key Republican Senators quickly signaled their disagreement with the plan.

“The President is all behind this,” Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) told me a few hours after he joined with Sen.

Trump signs into law bipartisan Russian sanctions bill

9:51 am Aug. 2, 2017

Faced with a near unanimous message from both parties in Congress, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law a bill that steps up economic sanctions against Russia, which included provisions that would prevent the

Trump still pushing for GOP health care bill, as Senate leaders embrace hearings

6:42 am Aug. 2, 2017

While Republicans in the Senate have announced plans for bipartisan hearings on health care beginning when Congress returns to work after Labor Day, the White House is making clear that President Donald Trump continues to look for more immediate answers on a GOP health care bill that would involve getting only a majority of Republican votes in the Senate, as he meets Wednesday afternoon with one key GOP lawmaker, Sen.

Big shift on health care, as Senate Republicans opt for September hearings

2:50 pm Aug. 1, 2017

Unable to find a 50th vote for a GOP plan to overhaul Obamacare, Republicans on Tuesday announced they would hold hearings in the Senate after Labor Day, in hopes of spurring a bipartisan agreement in Congress on short term plans to stabilize markets for individual insurance policies, just before insurance companies set their premiums for 2018.

“We will hear from state insurance commissioners, patients, governors, health care experts and insurance companies,”

Little movement on health care as GOP talk pivots to tax reform

9:53 pm Jul. 31, 2017

As Senators returned to work on Capitol Hill for the first time since last week’s defeat of a bare bones GOP bill to overhaul the Obama health law, there was no indication of an immediate attempt by Republicans to rush a new proposal forward for a vote, as party leaders and rank and file GOP lawmakers started talking more about a major push on tax reform later this year.

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