- 4:30 am Sunday, December 31st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
While 2017 has been quite the year when it comes to politics, the only thing that really changed for reporters on Capitol Hill was the pace of news associated with President Donald Trump’s administration and the Republican Congress. It was busy. At times, it seemed overwhelming. But it didn’t stop us from doing our job.
So, let’s try to pull back the curtain on what goes on for me and my colleagues who try to cover the U.S. House and Senate.
1. It’s the best beat in Washington by far. While the White House is far more prestigious for reporters, covering [More]
- 10:03 pm Friday, December 29th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The legal battle over emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took another turn on Friday, as the State Department released emails which had been sent and received by top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, as the messages had been found on a laptop she shared with her husband, ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY).
The emails were made public in litigation pursued by the conservative watchdog group “Judicial Watch,” which has filed a series of lawsuits against the State Department over the Clinton emails, as the group has echoed GOP calls for a broader investigation of the Clinton email saga.
“This is a [More]
- 3:00 am Thursday, December 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
After a rather tumultuous year of news in Washington, D.C., Jamie Dupree is off this week. But he left behind some of his favorite pictures of one of his favorite places in the world – the U.S. Capitol.
Looking through the photographs that I took in 2017, there was one thing that stuck out more than pictures of members of Congress – and that was the number of photos that I took of the U.S. Capitol, which has hosted the sessions of the U.S. House and Senate since November of 1800.
The Capitol is a glorious building, sitting high up on what [More]
- 3:25 am Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
After a rather tumultuous year of news in Washington, D.C., Jamie Dupree is off this week. But he left behind one of his favorite blogs.
One of the great things about working in the U.S. Capitol is that it is part office and part museum, with all sorts of history around every corner. This week, the curtain was pulled back just a little on a small window into the Capitol’s past – and I hope that window might stay open for the future.
My first job on Capitol Hill was in the summer of 1980, so I’ve been walking the halls of [More]
- 9:00 am Sunday, December 24th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Ratcheting up the level of conflict between Democrats in Congress and the White House, the Senate has officially returned dozens of nominations made this year by President Donald Trump, which will force the Trump Administration to go through the process of renominating the same people, or finding new choices for a variety of positions.
The returned nominees include Mr. Trump’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alexander Azar, Rep. James Bridenstine (R-OK), selected to be the head of NASA, 26 federal judges, and number of executive appointees.
While no one knows for sure who objected to the individual nominations – [More]
- 11:27 am Friday, December 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Delivering on a central campaign promise, President Donald Trump on Friday signed into law a sweeping Republican package of tax cuts for individuals and businesses, putting the exclamation point on a tumultuous first year in office, which saw him wait until just before Christmas for his most significant legislative accomplishment.
“The bottom line is that this is the biggest tax cuts and reforms in the history of our country,” the President said to reporters gathered in the Oval Office.
Instead of a big signing ceremony with members of Congress beside him, the President opted to have a few top aides on hand, [More]
- 9:59 am Friday, December 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
President Donald Trump’s pick to head NASA was returned to the White House by the U.S. Senate on Thursday night, as an objection under an arcane Senate rule will force the White House to decide whether to re-nominate Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) in 2018, as questions linger over whether he can muster the votes to run the U.S. space agency.
“We expect that the nomination will be refiled,” Bridenstine spokeswoman Sheryl Kaufman said in an email to my colleague Dorey Scheimer, when asked about the status of the nomination.
At the end of the first session of Congress, nominations made by a [More]
- 9:52 pm Thursday, December 21st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Facing resistance from several Republican Senators, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head NASA remains on hold, as the Senate went home for a Christmas break on Thursday evening with no sign of any plans to vote on the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), leaving the Oklahoma Congressman in limbo into the New Year.
“There are a couple of Republicans that have questions,” acknowledged Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), a home state colleague of Bridenstine, who has been pressing others to back his nomination. “I’ve met with them personally.”
But Lankford’s lobbying effort with other GOP Senators hasn’t freed up Bridenstine’s nomination [More]
- 5:02 pm Thursday, December 21st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
An effort by GOP leaders in Congress to force action before a holiday break on a series of major issues melted away like a snowman on a warm day, as lawmakers voted to fund the government into the New Year, postponing final action on billions in disaster relief and other items, leaving a number of Republicans gritting their teeth as they went home.
With funding running out on Friday night, the House took the first step to avoid a government shutdown by voting 231-188 for a short-term spending extension until January 19, which could put the Congress in the same position [More]
- 10:46 pm Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
After failing to act on GOP plans to overhaul the Obama health law, Republicans erased a good deal of legislative frustration this week by approving a sweeping package of tax cuts, following through on one of their major campaign promises from 2016.
“We had a historic victory for the American people,” President Donald Trump said on Wednesday to big cheers from GOP lawmakers assembled behind him at the White House.
“It’s the largest – I always say, the most massive – but it’s the largest tax cut in the history of our country,” the President added, as he publicly thanked GOP leaders [More]