Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

House approves pair of GOP bills to crack down on illegal immigration

4:24 pm Jun. 29, 2017

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.


Speaker Ryan calls Trump Twitter slam of TV host ‘not an appropriate comment’

10:58 am Jun. 29, 2017

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,”

GOP Senators echo Trump in focus on Obama over Russian election interference

5:19 pm Jun. 28, 2017

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

Trump pushes GOP to solve health care overhaul riddle

11:50 am Jun. 28, 2017

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

Short on votes, Senate Republicans delay vote on GOP health bill

1:50 pm Jun. 27, 2017

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

Republicans struggle to move forward on Senate health care bill

9:39 pm Jun. 26, 2017

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

GOP health care bill faces showdown week in the Senate

7:54 pm Jun. 25, 2017

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.

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