Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Senate Democrats try to turn up political heat over GOP health care bill

10:57 am Jun. 19, 2017

In a bid to derail GOP efforts to overhaul the Obama health law, Democrats are vowing to use the rules to slow legislative work in the Senate, trying to call more attention to closed door Republican negotiations on a GOP health care plan, and the lack of public details on how the Senate might change a health bill approved by the House in May.

“Here’s the order of people seeing the

Still slow going in Congress on Trump legislative agenda

7:00 am Jun. 18, 2017

With two legislative work weeks left this month, Republicans in the Congress have yet to find the magic formula to unleash action on President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda, as most of the big ticket items are still stalled behind a GOP push on health care legislation, which remains the subject of closed door Republican negotiations in the U.S. Senate.

Here’s where we stand on Capitol Hill:

1. Health care. Health care. Health

Trump continues to hold off on changes for immigration “Dreamers”

7:20 am Jun. 17, 2017

Despite repeatedly making a campaign pledge to fully reverse executive actions on immigration from the Obama Administration, President Donald Trump has so far left in place one controversial plan from his predecessor, which allows young people – known as immigrant “Dreamers” – who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents to stay here, without the threat of deportation.

The White House said Friday that the DACA program –

Halfway through June, still no GOP health bill in Senate

9:49 pm Jun. 15, 2017

Republican Senators left Washington, D.C. on Thursday in much the same position that they have been in for over a month, saying that they are making progress on a bill to overhaul the Obama health law, but seemingly not ready to unveil the details, or predict when a vote might happen, as Democrats pressed the GOP to reveal the fine print of their Senate bill.

“I don’t know of anyone who

Trump expresses more frustration over Russia investigation

3:09 pm Jun. 15, 2017

With news reports that the Special Counsel investigating election interference in 2016 by Russia is looking at possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, Mr. Trump expressed frustration Thursday and Friday at the prospect of that review, again taking to Twitter to denounce the probe as a “witch hunt,” and complaining that Hillary Clinton should be the subject of a Russia-related investigation, not him.

“Why is that Hillary Clintons family

Senate votes to strengthen sanctions on both Russia and Iran

11:49 am Jun. 15, 2017

In a rare show of bipartisanship on foreign policy, the Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday for a bill that would toughen sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections, as well slap new sanctions on Iran for efforts to expand its long range missile program. The vote was 98-2, with only Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) voting against the measure.

“This is a very,

Running for their lives – GOP lawmakers go from ground balls to gun shots

1:23 pm Jun. 14, 2017

Republicans in Congress told harrowing stories of a brush with death on Wednesday, as they struggled to make sense of a morning gun attack on a group of GOP lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game. The suspected gunman was killed as Capitol Police officers returned fire at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia.

“I was next up at bat, so I had a batting helmet on,” said Rep. Barry

U.S. House postpones most work in wake of baseball field shooting

9:32 am Jun. 14, 2017

The House of Representatives postponed most scheduled business after a morning shooting at a baseball practice for Republicans lawmakers, which injured one GOP leader, several officers and at least one GOP staffer, as security was tightened around Capitol Hill and near the White House in response to the attack. President Trump said the gunman had died from the shootout with Capitol Police.

The office of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) confirmed