Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

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.

“I’m now

Senate back at work with no obvious path to GOP health care deal

10:12 pm Jul. 30, 2017

President Trump turned up the heat on Republican Senators this weekend, using Twitter to voice his frustration and displeasure at the failure of the GOP to get a bill through the Senate that overhauls the Obama health law, but at this point there is no obvious magic formula to solve what Republicans have called a “Rubik’s Cube” on health care reform.

Here’s the latest from Capitol Hill on the health care

Trump expresses frustration, presses Senate to act on health care

5:00 am Jul. 30, 2017

President Trump on Saturday repeatedly used Twitter to urge Republicans in the Senate to keep trying to reach agreement on a bill to change the Obama health law, threatening to unilaterally end payments the federal government makes to insurance companies that help pay for subsidized health insurance coverage for low income Americans under Obamacare.

“Unless the Republican Senators are total quitters, Repeal & Replace is not dead!” Mr. Trump wrote on

Another White House shakeup: Priebus out, Kelly in as Trump Chief of Staff

4:44 pm Jul. 28, 2017

For a second straight Friday, there was major job news from the White House, as President Donald Trump used Twitter to announce that his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was on his way out, to be replaced by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, in another internal shakeup at the White House.

“I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country,” the President wrote on Twitter.

Disappointed Republicans vow to keep trying on health care

10:32 am Jul. 28, 2017

Stunned by the surprise rejection of a bare bones Senate health care bill, Republicans in the House vowed on Friday to keep pressing for action on legislation to overhaul the Obama health law, urging Senate leaders not to give up, but still struggling to figure out the magic formula on a bill that can gain a majority in both houses of Congress.

“I am disappointed and frustrated, but we should not

Senate sends bill to Trump that toughens sanctions on Russia, Iran, North Korea

6:08 pm Jul. 27, 2017

In an overwhelming vote of 98-2, the U.S. Senate on Thursday sent President Donald Trump a bipartisan bill that places new economic sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, as members of both parties joined to send a message not only to those three regimes, but also the the White House, on the subject of U.S.-Russian relations and the 2016 campaign.

“We will not tolerate attacks on our democracy. That’s

House approves $1.6 billion for Trump border wall as part of spending ‘minibus’

4:27 pm Jul. 27, 2017

Following through on a prime 2016 campaign pledge from President Donald Trump, the House on Thursday approved a $1.6 billion down payment to start building a new border barriers in Texas and California, adding that money to a broader $788 billion package containing four of the twelve bills that fund operations for the federal government in 2018.

“The best thing we could do as a good neighbor to Mexico, is to