- 6:00 am Sunday, July 9th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
As the U.S. House and Senate return to legislative work on Capitol Hill this week, GOP leaders in the Congress must make some important decisions on what should top the agenda over the next few weeks, as lawmakers are scheduled to be at work for the rest of July, and then leave Washington, D.C. for a summer break that extends until Labor Day.
Worried about leaving town with so many major legislative items unresolved, some Republicans have asked leaders in the House and Senate to change the legislative schedule, and do away with all or part of the scheduled “August Recess,” [More]
- 6:00 am Saturday, July 8th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
A House spending bill that funds the Internal Revenue Service would not only block the IRS from issuing penalties over the ‘individual mandate’ that requires people to buy health insurance under the Obama health law, but the fine print also prevents the tax agency from fully cracking down on some questionable tax shelters, and from clarifying how taxpayers deal with certain complicated situations involving federal inheritance taxes.
The restrictions come under the headline of “None of the funds” – a powerful tool employed by the Congress to block the Executive Branch from using money to enforce certain policies.
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- 10:49 am Friday, July 7th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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A story about the dress code requirements for the Speaker’s Lobby off the floor of the U.S. House quickly spiraled into political finger pointing late this week, as many people who don’t work in the halls of Congress were surprised to know that male and female reporters must follow certain standards of dress in one particular area of the Capitol.
And for many on Twitter and other social media, there was outrage.
“Women with bare shoulders banned from House Speaker’s Lobby,” blared one headline.
“Paul Ryan imposing bizarre dress code on women,” one person fumed on Twitter, as a Democrat who is running [More]
- 9:34 pm Thursday, July 6th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that if a Republican plan to overhaul the Obama health law remains short of votes in the Senate, then lawmakers in Congress must still push ahead with separate plans to stabilize health insurance markets in the United States.
“If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to the private health insurance market must occur,” McConnell said at a Rotary Club lunch in Glasgow, Kentucky.
“No action is not an alternative,” the Senate Majority Leader added in his remarks. “We’ve got the insurance markets imploding all [More]
- 1:27 pm Thursday, July 6th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The head of a little known federal agency that deals with ethics matters for the Executive Branch of the federal government turned in his resignation on Thursday, leaving his post early after months of skirmishes with the Trump Administration over how President Donald Trump should deal with ethics questions and his family businesses.
Walter Schaub, who headed the Office of Government Ethics, gave no explanation in a short letter of resignation as to why he was leaving his job before his five year term expired in 2018. He will join the Campaign Legal Center, a non-profit group that deals with [More]
- 7:52 am Thursday, July 6th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Getting ready for his expected first in-person meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin tomorrow in Germany, President Donald Trump told reporters in Poland on Thursday that Russia and “other people and other countries” may have been responsible for interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, as he once more blamed the last President for not doing enough about the cyber threat during the campaign.
“It could have been a lot of people interfered,” the President said during a news conference in Warsaw, where he was asked about Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.
“I’ve said it very simply, I think it could [More]
- 8:20 pm Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The head of President Donald Trump’s commission tasked with investigating election fraud in the United States lashed out at the news media on Wednesday, accusing the press of disseminating ‘fake news’ about the refusal and reluctance of some states to cooperate with a request for voter information by the panel.
“While there are news reports that 44 states have “refused” to provide voter information to the Commission, these reports are patently false, more “fake news,” said a written statement issued by the White House from Kris Kobach, the Secretary of State in Kansas.
- 8:25 am Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Just before leaving for Poland on the first stop of a three day trip to Europe, President Donald Trump issued a straightforward reminder to leaders of the G20 nations, again raising the issue of trade deals involving the United States, and also rebuking China for not doing enough to rein in the nuclear weapons program of North Korea.
Trade has long been one of the more important issues for Mr. Trump, who used it during the campaign to argue that American jobs were being sacrificed by leaders of both parties, by agreeing to trade deals that were tilted in favor of [More]
- 11:11 pm Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Critics of GOP plans in Congress to overhaul the Obama health law tried to put Republicans on the defensive on Tuesday at various parades around the nation marking Independence Day, as Republicans in Congress continue to look for a deal on a Senate health care bill, and opponents try their best to derail those legislative efforts.
“Health care is a human right!” shouted protesters who tried their best to interrupt remarks by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), at a July Fourth event in McAllen, Texas.
- 4:00 am Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
As Independence Day arrives, the fireworks continue between President Donald Trump and the news media, as Mr. Trump spent another day on Monday lobbing social media jabs at the press, delighting many of his supporters who see reporters as “the enemy of the American people,” a description the President first used back in February.
“At some point the Fake News will be forced to discuss our great jobs numbers, strong economy, success with ISIS, the border & so much else!” Mr. Trump tweeted at one point on Monday.
In a speech in 1970, Vice President Spiro Agnew labeled the press, “nattering nabobs [More]