Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Senate Republicans stumble in drive for GOP tax reform bill

9:55 pm Nov. 30, 2017

An expected vote on a sweeping package of tax cuts and reforms failed to materialize on Thursday evening in the U.S. Senate, as GOP leaders were forced to renew negotiations with a small group of Republican Senators, following a review which showed that the tax cuts would not spur anywhere near enough economic growth to pay for themselves, instead adding $1 trillion to the federal deficit over ten years.

Republicans had

Pelosi, Ryan call for Conyers to resign from Congress amid sexual misconduct allegations

11:23 am Nov. 30, 2017

Four days after labeling him an “icon” in the Democratic Party, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) should resign his seat in the House, amid a flurry of accusations of past sexual misconduct allegations, as Pelosi said she believed the stories of the women. Her call was immediately echoed by the Speaker of the House.

“I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family, and wish them,

New stories emerge as House votes for improved harassment training

3:47 pm Nov. 29, 2017

Buffeted by accusations of sexual harassment against members of Congress, and questions about secret legal settlements funded in the past by taxpayer dollars, the House approved a plan on Wednesday to strengthen harassment training in Congress, as key lawmakers said there should be ‘zero tolerance’ for such behavior, even as more stories were told about incidents that took place on the floor of the House.

“Bad behavior transcends party labels,” said

Democrats pressure Rep. Conyers amid new charges of sexual misconduct

9:09 pm Nov. 28, 2017

With a second House Democrat calling for his resignation over past allegations of unwanted sexual advances, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) found himself under pressure Tuesday to step down from his seat in the U.S. House, as a top black lawmaker in Congress said it would be up to the Michigan Democrat to decide his own future.

“Today I met with John and we had a very candid conversation about the seriousness

GOP tax reform bill cleared for Senate floor as Trump presses for action

3:19 pm Nov. 28, 2017

As a Senate committee voted on Tuesday afternoon to send a GOP tax reform bill to the floor for debate, President Donald Trump used a closed door lunch meeting at the U.S. Capitol to urge GOP Senators to push ahead on a tax reform plan, even as Republicans struggled to figure out a batch of last minute changes to the bill, in hopes of gaining Senate approval of the measure

Franken to stay on in Senate, says he’s ‘sorry’ about groping allegations

1:47 pm Nov. 27, 2017

Back on Capitol Hill for the first time since facing accusations of sexual misconduct towards women, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) told reporters he has ‘let a lot of people down,’ as he pledged to regain their trust, indicating he has no plans to resign his seat in the U.S. Senate.

“I know that I have let a lot of people down, the people of Minnesota, my colleagues, my staff,” Franken said

Some political ‘thanks’ on Thanksgiving

2:44 pm Nov. 23, 2017

On every Thanksgiving, it’s always nice to take some time and think about what you and your family are thankful for in 2017 – but at the same time, we may as well try to