Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

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

7:08 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’

5:27 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

Clock ticks as “Skinny” Senate GOP health bill remains a mystery

7:32 am Jul. 27, 2017

With half of the debate completed in the U.S. Senate on a House-passed bill to overhaul the Obama health law, Republicans have yet to reveal the details of what may be the only GOP option that can get a majority of votes, a streamlined measure which would change only a few provisions of current health law.

“I don’t know what the “skinny” repeal looks like,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) to

Senate defeats “clean repeal” as GOP eyes “skinny” health care bill

4:56 pm Jul. 26, 2017

For a second straight day, the full Senate voted down a leading GOP plan to make major changes in the Obama health law, as Republicans continued to struggle with how best to forge a plan that can win approval in the Senate later this week, with growing talk that the GOP Senators may try to pass a bill that does very little, in hopes of starting Congressional negotiations on a

White House: Details still TBD on Trump ban on transgender members of military

3:20 pm Jul. 26, 2017

Hours after President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would ban transgender individuals from serving in any role in the military, the White House acknowledged that the policy details would still have to be worked out with the Pentagon, as officials were unable to answer the basic question of whether transgender troops would be kicked out of the military immediately under the President’s ban.

“When the President made the decision

Senate easily defeats first GOP plan to overhaul Obamacare

10:31 pm Jul. 25, 2017

Hours after Republicans barely mustered enough votes to start debate on a House-passed GOP bill designed to overhaul the Obama health law, the Senate easily rejected one plan put forward by Republican Senators, as GOP leaders continued to struggle to figure out how to forge a health care bill that could win final approval on the Senate floor later this week.

The first casualty was an amended version of the “Better

McCain returning as Senate heads for procedural vote on health care bill

11:24 pm Jul. 24, 2017

With President Donald Trump leaning on them from the White House, Republican leaders in the Senate are ready to push ahead with a procedural vote on Tuesday to begin debate on a House-passed GOP plan to overhaul the Obama health law, as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he would return for the vote, even as top Republicans scrambled to figure out what changes they would offer to the health

Trump tells Senate to push ahead on health care

3:55 pm Jul. 24, 2017

A day before a key procedural vote on a GOP health care bill, President Donald Trump urged Republican Senators to follow through on their campaign pledge of the last seven years to get rid of the Obama health law, declaring that the time has come for the GOP to move ahead on the issue.

“So far Senate Republicans have not done their job in ending the Obamacare nightmare,” the President said