Jamie Dupree 

Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

GOP treads water in Senate on health care bill

  • 3:32 pm Monday, July 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

With Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) not on Capitol Hill because of his own health care issues, as he deals with a blood clot that was removed from over his left eye, the effort to get a GOP bill to overhaul the Obama health law through the Senate remains on hold this week, as Republican leaders said Monday they would still push ahead on a bill which has struggled to get enough votes for approval.

“We need to tackle this problem,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared on the Senate floor, as he opened the day’s session by sending well wishes to [More]

More struggles for Trump agenda in the Congress

  • 8:37 pm Sunday, July 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

An expected push for a vote this week in the Senate on a GOP bill that overhauls the Obama health law seems to be on hold now because of a major health issue for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), as President Donald Trump’s agenda continues to need a jump start from both the House and Senate, with legislative stumbling blocks in the way of health care, a budget blueprint, next year’s government funding bills and much more.

Here’s the latest on where things stand in the Congress:

1. Health care on hold in the Senate. If you tuned out this weekend from political [More]

McCain health issues delay Senate action on GOP health care bill

  • 10:24 pm Saturday, July 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Health issues for veteran Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) forced Republican leaders on Saturday night to delay immediate action on a GOP health care bill in the Senate next week, as the Senator’s office indicated he will remain in his home state in coming days, leaving Republicans short on votes, after doctors removed a blood clot from above McCain’s left eye on Friday.

“While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a written statement.

That news came soon after McCain’s [More]

The suddenly controversial world of budget estimates

  • 5:00 am Saturday, July 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Mentioning the Congressional Budget Office these days as a reporter is akin to sending out a link to an article from the Washington Post or the New York Times, as my social media responses on Facebook and Twitter immediately fill with outrage from my listeners and readers at the mere mention of a CBO cost estimate.

That was demonstrated again on Thursday, when I reported on the latest CBO review of a President’s budget; in this case, President Donald Trump’s budget plan, issued back in May.

In that budget, Mr. Trump’s team predicted it would show a $16 billion surplus in 2027, [More]

Feds to appeal latest ruling on Trump travel order to U.S. Supreme Court

  • 2:50 pm Friday, July 14th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A day after a federal judge in Hawaii ordered the Trump Administration to widen its limits on family members allowed to visit the U.S. from half a dozen majority Muslim nations, the U.S. Attorney General said he would take the matter right back to the U.S. Supreme Court for further legal action, accusing the judge of violating a ‘proper respect for separation of powers.’

“The Supreme Court has had to correct this lower court once, and we will now reluctantly return directly to the Supreme Court to again vindicate the rule of law,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The new ruling takes [More]

Congress again moves to prevent new round of military base closures

  • 4:00 am Friday, July 14th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Ignoring the recommendations of the Pentagon, and budget proposals by Presidents of both parties, the Congress is again poised to approve legislation this year that blocks any effort by the Department of Defense to get rid of excess military installations, blocking efforts that the Army, Navy and Air Force say would save them billions of dollars in the future.

Working on a major defense policy bill on Thursday, the House voted 248-175 to reject an effort to strip out language that blocks the Pentagon from even considering a new round of military base closures, known officially as “Base Realignment and Closure,” [More]

Still short of votes, GOP leaders roll out revised Senate health bill

  • 2:56 pm Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by Staff Writer

In what may be a last ditch effort to save a Republican plan to overhaul the Obama health law in the Senate, Republican leaders on Thursday unveiled a series of new changes to a GOP health reform bill, plunging the chamber into another round of intense lobbying, as several key Republican Senators remained undecided on whether to begin debate next week on the plan.

“This is our opportunity to really make a difference on health care,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who tried to get fellow Republicans to at least begin debate in the full Senate on the plan next [More]

CBO says Trump budget plan doesn’t come close to balance

  • 11:30 am Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A day after the White House blasted the Congressional Budget Office over its review of a Republican health care bill in Congress, the CBO released a report on President Donald Trump’s overall budget, which says Mr. Trump’s plan doesn’t come anywhere near being balanced after ten years, with the CBO and Trump Administration estimates apart by over $3.6 trillion.

“The deficits that CBO estimates would occur under the President’s proposals are larger than those estimated by the Administration,” the CBO stated in the new report on the Trump budget.

“Nearly all of that difference arises because the Administration projects higher [More]

House GOP brushes aside Trump plans for cuts at NIH, CDC

  • 8:05 pm Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A day after endorsing the start of President Donald Trump’s plans to fund his wall along the southern border with Mexico, Republicans on a key House committee bluntly rejected White House plans for budget cuts in public health programs and medical research, releasing a spending bill for 2018 that gives the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control much more than the President proposed in his budget.

“This bill reflects Republican priorities to cut spending and focus investments in programs our people need the most – public health and medical research,” said House Appropriations Chair Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen [More]

Trump nominee to head FBI vows need for independence

  • 10:46 am Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Repeatedly stressing the need for the FBI Director to be independent of partisan influence and political favoritism, President Donald Trump’s choice for FBI Director, Christopher Wray, vowed to a Senate committee that he would insure the agency is not being pulled by by either major political party.

“I will never allow the FBI’s work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the law, and the impartial pursuit of justice. Period. Full stop,” Wray said before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“My loyalty is to the Constitution and the rule of law,” Wray added.

“Anybody who thinks that I would be [More]