- 9:52 pm Saturday, December 31st, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
As the 115th Congress convenes on Tuesday, Republicans in the House will swiftly move to set rules in place that will allow the GOP to push ahead with plans to repeal big chunks of the Obama health law, though the first big floor vote on such a bill is not expected until the second week of January.
Stuffed deep in a plan to revise the rules for the House in the new Congress is a section that makes it much more difficult for bills to be approved which would increase the federal deficit.
“It shall not be in order to consider any [More]
- 8:41 pm Friday, December 30th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
While one might expect a number of Democrats in the Congress to routinely oppose proposals of President-Elect Donald Trump, some of his plans to jump start the economy might just run into issues with Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate, many of whom are worried about the size of Mr. Trump’s $1 trillion plan for new roads and bridges.
“I hope we avoid a trillion dollar stimulus,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who led the charge against much smaller plans from President Obama to build new infrastructure.
“Take you back to 2009,” McConnell told reporters, “we borrowed $1 trillion and [More]
- 5:09 pm Thursday, December 29th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
As President Obama set out new sanctions against the Russian government over cyber meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections, the Obama Administration ordered the closure of a Russian compound in Maryland, which has long been the subject of local diplomatic intrigue.
The compound, located across the Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, has certainly not been a secret, as the Russians have long said that it is used by their diplomatic staff in the U.S. for quick getaways.
“Dacha Sweet Dacha,” was the title of an article from 2007 in Washington Life magazine about the retreat.
Another article written [More]
- 4:00 am Thursday, December 29th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
When the new Congress convenes next Tuesday on January 3, 2017, Republicans will still be in control of both the House and Senate, but with their party ready to take over the White House later in the month, it presents a whole new opportunity for GOP lawmakers to push ahead with a raft of policy ideas.
And they are more than ready to move forward.
“We’re beside ourselves, I really don’t know how else to say it,” said Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), who told me it will make a big difference for the GOP Congress to pass legislation, knowing they have an [More]
- 4:00 am Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
While some of the legislative agenda items of President-Elect Donald Trump will need the approval of Congress, many other issues that he championed in the 2016 campaign can be achieved with the stroke of a pen as soon as he takes office on January 20, 2017.
One of the most popular plans at campaign rallies for Mr. Trump was his vow to overturn President Obama’s executive actions that allowed several million people – in the United States illegally – to remain without the threat of being deported.
Known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability), [More]
- 4:00 am Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
When Donald Trump takes the oath of office and becomes President on January 20, 2017, his arrival at the White House could bring about some changes in how an administration deals with the press corps, as many Trump supporters argue that it’s time to push back against what they feel is a group of Washington, D.C. reporters who are basically an opposition party.
“They are so dishonest,” Mr. Trump likes to say of the press at his post-election rallies, clearly enjoying the moment as the crowd boos and insults rain down on those inside the press pen.
What kind of changes could [More]
- 3:00 am Monday, December 26th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
Covering the Congress is about a lot more than just sitting up in the press gallery and watching the floor debates of the U.S. House and Senate, as many of the more accomplished reporters instead spend much of their time roaming the historic hallways and back corridors of the U.S. Capitol, in order to chase down lawmakers of both parties.
Join me as we pull back the curtain a little.
Next week marks thirty years since I started work as a reporter on Capitol Hill; the Capitol building itself is a great blend of a regular office, a tourist destination and living [More]
- 2:00 pm Saturday, December 24th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
While the weather is not cold enough to provide a White Christmas in Washington, D.C., the holiday displays here in the nation’s capital will certainly be a big focus for residents and tourists alike, as the U.S. Capitol and the White House remain the biggest draws at this time of year.
I started my holiday photography at the Capitol, where the 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree comes from Idaho, harvested from the Payette National Forest.
Here was a picture I took looking away from the Capitol; you can see the setting sun peeking through the Capitol tree, with the Washington Monument visible [More]
- 9:45 pm Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
From time to time, it is always good to check a government website that announces ‘Federal Business Opportunities’ which might interest a variety of companies big and small around the United States. It’s a good way to see some of the mundane – and unusual things – that your tax dollars are being used for as well.
As I always stress, the mere listing of the following items does not raise questions about whether they are worthy of your tax dollars. That’s for others to decide.
Let’s take a look at some examples from Uncle Sam’s own website at fbo.gov.
- 2:27 pm Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
While President-Elect Donald Trump may do some things differently with regards to the press corps when he takes office in January, Mr. Trump made a rather conventional choice for the job of White House Press Secretary, as he tapped well-known Republican National Committee aide Sean Spicer for that important public post.
“Thank you Donald Trump for this amazing honor,” Spicer tweeted moments after the choice was announced by Mr. Trump.
Spicer will serve on a White House communications team that also includes Trump aide Hope Hicks as Director of Strategic Communications, and Jason Miller as Communications Director.
Some Trump supporters had held [More]