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 Bernie Sanders gets ready to sit down with President Obama in the Oval Office on Thursday, Democrats in Congress said they hoped that Sanders would realize that it’s time to focus on unity and support for Hillary Clinton, as Democrats take aim at Donald Trump in the November election.
“I hope the President will have a palliative effect on him, and have him understand how important this election is going forward,” said Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL).
Before the votes were counted on Tuesday night, Sanders had vowed to keep fighting through next week’s final primary, here in Washington, D.C. – and on Wednesday, another fundraising email was sent out to supporters mentioning that same goal.
Sometimes that type of thing is just talk – but there is a certain level of concern among Democrats that Sanders is capable of doing anything at this point.
“I just don’t trust him,” one veteran Democratic insider told me.
One of the few lawmakers in Congress who supports Sanders, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), tried to bat down such concerns, making it clear that he thinks Sanders will come around and help Clinton.
Rep. Raul Grijalva, Sanders' backer, referred to Clinton as "presumptive nominee" walking in & said: "Bernie is going to do the right thing"
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.