Jamie Dupree 

Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Spicer out, Sanders up, Scaramucci in, at White House

  • 3:03 pm Friday, July 21st, 2017 by Staff Writer

The White House communications team underwent a major change on Friday, as Press Secretary Sean Spicer turned in his resignation, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was elevated to Spicer’s job, and Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci was brought in by President Donald Trump to be the new Communications Director, delivering a new tone in dealing with the press.

“The President is phenomenal with press,” said Scaramucci. “I love the President. The President is a very, very effective communicator.”

While Scaramucci – known by many insiders as “Mooch” – made clear that he thinks the news media does not treat the President fairly, [More]

Still no deal in the Senate on GOP health care plan

  • 7:36 am Friday, July 21st, 2017 by Staff Writer

Republican Senators headed home for the weekend still at odds over the details of a GOP bill to overhaul the Obama health law, as Senate leaders vowed to press ahead early next week with a first procedural vote on the matter, though it still isn’t clear what exactly the GOP might vote on in an effort to break the deadlock on this top agenda item of President Donald Trump.

“The Democrats did their bill on their own, and obviously it’s got flaws that I think everyone would recognize; Republicans are beginning to feel like we’re getting into that same mode, if [More]

White House expresses confidence in Attorney General Sessions

  • 3:36 pm Thursday, July 20th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A day after a newspaper interview in which President Donald Trump raised questions about his choice for the job of Attorney General, the White House expressed public support for Jeff Sessions, saying Mr. Trump “has confidence in his ability” to lead the Department of Justice.

“He was disappointed,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of the President’s view of Sessions and his recusal earlier this year from any involvement in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and possible links to the Trump campaign.

“But clearly he has confidence in him or he would not be the Attorney [More]

After six months in office, Trump looks for legislative victories

  • 4:00 am Thursday, July 20th, 2017 by Staff Writer

President Donald Trump marks six full months in office on Thursday, still pressing lawmakers in the House and Senate to act on a bill to overhaul the Obama health law, as the Republican Congress continues to struggle on a variety of fronts to produce a major legislative victory for Mr. Trump, with no action yet on tax cuts, a balanced budget or government reforms.

But the President’s backers argue that while his agenda is not moving at top speed in the Congress, he has had successes in some areas.

Let’s take a look at where Mr. Trump stands:

1. Biggest Trump success remains [More]

Trump presses for action as GOP talks resume on health care bill

  • 3:56 pm Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Changing his mind yet again on health care, President Donald Trump on Wednesday directly urged Republicans in the Senate to keep searching for a deal on a bill to overhaul the Obama health law, spurring a new flurry of negotiations among GOP Senators, as top Republicans vowed to hold a vote next week to start debate on the health care plan.

“There is a large majority in our conference that want to demonstrate to the American people that they intend to keep the commitment they made in four straight elections to repeal Obamacare,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“We came from [More]

Trump kicks off first meeting of panel on voter fraud

  • 12:02 pm Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer

President Donald Trump gave his strong support to a special commission tasked with uncovering voter fraud in the United States, telling the first meeting of the group that it’s time to find out more about illegal votes possibly “canceling out the votes of lawful American citizens.”

“Any form of illegal or fraudulent voting – whether by non-citizens or the deceased,” Mr. Trump said, “must be stopped.”

“Every time voter fraud occurs, it cancels out the vote of a lawful citizen, and undermines democracy,” the President added.

“Can’t let that happen,” Mr. Trump said.

“This commission is tasked with the sacred duty [More]

No Senate vote on GOP health care plan until at least next week

  • 9:15 pm Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 by Staff Writer

With GOP efforts in Congress on hold to overhaul the Obama health law, Republican leaders threatened to force wayward GOP Senators to go on the record and publicly record their vote in opposition to plans to repeal chunks of the Obama health law, but such a health care showdown on the Senate floor was put off until at least early next week.

“As of today, we just simply do not have 50 senators that can agree on what ought to replace the existing law,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been unable to solve what he called the ‘Rubik’s [More]

GOP backup plan on health care quickly runs aground in Senate

  • 1:34 pm Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Republican efforts to pass legislation to overhaul the Obama health law quickly collapsed on Tuesday, as more than enough GOP Senators signaled that they would not support a plan from Senate leaders to pass a plan to repeal large chunks of Obamacare, but not immediately approve any legislation to replace that health care system.

“We can’t just hope that we will pass a replacement within the next two years,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), one of three Republican women in the Senate who sank the backup plan from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“I will only vote to proceed to [More]

GOP changes plan in scramble to save health care bill

  • 7:47 am Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Republicans arrived at work on Tuesday morning with a GOP effort to overhaul the Obama health law at its most vulnerable point in 2017, a day after two Republican Senators jointly announced their opposition, leading Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to switch tactics, vowing to bring up a plan similar to one that was vetoed in 2016 by President Barack Obama.

“Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful,” McConnell said in a written statement, as he said the next step would be a vote on a plan [More]

GOP health care bill suffers major setback as two Senate Republicans announce opposition

  • 8:53 pm Monday, July 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The White House push to approve a bill to overhaul the Obama health law suffered a major setback Monday night, as two more GOP Senators announced their opposition to the plan, effectively sending top Republicans back to the drawing board, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would bring up a bill in coming days that was vetoed by President Obama in early 2016, which repealed parts of the Obama health law, but did not offer a replacement.

“We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy,” said Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), who surprised many by jointly announcing [More]