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 White House on Friday evening was sending out conflicting signals on how the Trump Administration would deal with this week’s legal setback on the President’s controversial immigration order, as some officials said there would be no immediate appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, while others said all options were on the table.
“We will win that battle,” the President told reporters aboard Air Force One as he flew with the Japanese Prime Minister to Florida.
“We also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order,” Mr. Trump added, saying something new might be released next week.
“Perhaps Monday or Tuesday,” he said.
Several legal options were readily available, depending on the strategy choice by the President:
1) Appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court
2) Go back to the federal district court in Seattle that originally blocked the Trump order
3) Write a new order and start over.
BREAKING: President Trump says he's considering signing a `brand new order' on immigration.
“We are going to keep our country safe,” Mr. Trump said at a White House news conference with the Japanese leader.
While the White House and Department of Justice were evaluating their legal choices, the Ninth Circuit offered up a surprise of its own, revealing that a judge on that circuit had asked for an internal vote, to see if the Trump immigration matter should be reheard by all of the judges, known as an en banc hearing.
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.