As President Donald Trump goes to Capitol Hill tonight for his first address to a Joint Session of Congress, both parties fully expect him to again sound the call for action on a repeal of the Obama health law, though GOP lawmakers in Congress admit they still don’t have an internal agreement on how best to replace the Obama health law.
Back from a ten day break, the U.S. Senate on Monday evening easily approved President Donald Trump’s nominee for Commerce Secretary, but Democrats again made clear they would not allow swift action on several other Trump Cabinet nominees, as Republicans again protested the extended delays.
The accounting firm responsible for tallying Oscar votes and keeping up with envelopes containing the winners has apologized for the Best Picture gaffe at the end of Sunday’s Academy Awards, but President Donald Trump believes the mix-up was actually about him.
As Republicans were gathering in Cleveland for their first debate of the 2016 race, national Democrats set out their own schedule for six debates over six months, setting the first for mid October in the early voting state of Nevada.
“With six debates scheduled – at a pace of roughly one per month – voters will have ample opportunities to hear our candidates discuss their visions for our country’s future,” the DNC proclaimed in a news release.
But, not everyone was satisfied with that schedule.
“Are you kidding me?” read the email from the campaign of Martin O’Malley, who has been publicly urging multiple debates in Iowa and New Hampshire.
“What they’re proposing does not give you, the voters, ample opportunity to hear from the Democratic candidates for President,” complained Bill Hyers a senior strategist for O’Malley.
Also not pleased with the schedule was Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
“I am disappointed, but not surprised,” Sanders said in a statement.
“I think it’s imperative that we have as many debates as possible — certainly more than six.”
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.