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.
The next Republican Party debate on Thursday night will have only seven candidates on the main stage, as the Fox Business network moved Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina to a pre-debate forum. Paul swiftly announced that he would boycott the event, arguing he deserves to be on the main stage.
“See you in New Hampshire and Iowa,” the Paul campaign said in a written statement.
With Paul not attending, that means three Republicans will be on the debate under card: Fiorina, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee.
Seven Republicans will be on the main stage in prime time: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich.
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.