Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

From overseas, Trump presses for changes in GOP tax reform bills

9:32 am Nov. 13, 2017

As the House and Senate enter a critical week in the GOP push for sweeping tax reform legislation, President Donald Trump weighed in with more suggestions on possible tweaks to the plan, again urging Republicans to use the tax bill to end the individual mandate tax penalty in the Obama health law, as Mr. Trump also called for lower income tax rates on high income earners.

Top Republicans on key committees

Congress moves to deter sexual harassment on Capitol Hill

7:32 pm Nov. 9, 2017

Buffeted by recent revelations of inappropriate sexual behavior by major celebrities and Hollywood figures, lawmakers in the House and Senate have moved in the past week to make sure that members of Congress – and their staffers – get improved training on the issue of sexual harassment.

“A recent study found that one in four women have been sexually harassed in the workplace,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), as the Senate

House panel approves tax reform bill, as Senate GOP unveils rival version

2:30 pm Nov. 9, 2017

Republicans in Congress took a pair of steps forward on a drive for sweeping tax reform on Thursday, as a key House committee approved a GOP tax package after some last minute changes, while Republican Senators made public the details of their own bill which differs in some important ways from the goals of President Donald Trump, as well as the House plan.

“I think this is a great bill,” said

After election losses, Republicans say tax reform is the needed tonic

4:53 pm Nov. 8, 2017

While Republicans in the Congress weren’t expressing any sort of public panic over election results on Tuesday – which clearly ran against their party, and maybe their President as well – GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill said the election losses certainly showed the need for Republicans to rally behind a tax reform package, and ensure that it becomes law by the end of the year.

“We have a promise to

A year after Trump win, Democrats sweep to victories in Virginia, New Jersey

7:27 pm Nov. 7, 2017

Still smarting from their loss in the race for President in 2016, Democrats won dual victories in the race for Governor in Virginia and New Jersey, as they cast the election wins as a repudiation of President Donald Trump, arguing the results showed the voters weren’t pleased with the direction of the President and the Republican Party.

“A comprehensive Democratic victory from the statehouse to the courthouse,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly