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Trump not ‘thrilled’ with border security funding deal in Congress

  • 12:48 pm Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

A day after top negotiators hammered out a tentative agreement on a plan to fund additional fencing along the Mexican border, along with deals on a series of bills to fully fund the operations of one-quarter of the federal government, President Donald Trump made clear to reporters Tuesday that he wasn’t pleased with the final product.

“I can’t say I’m happy,” the President said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House. “I can’t say I’m thrilled.”

Asked if he was thinking about using ‘national emergency’ powers to funnel money to a border wall, President Trump wouldn’t rule that out.

“I’m considering [More]

GOP conservatives pan tentative border security funding deal

  • 11:51 pm Monday, February 11th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

With the clock ticking towards a possible second partial government shutdown at the end of the week, a tentative deal struck Monday night by Congressional negotiators earned a quick thumbs down from more influential conservative voices – inside and outside of the Congress – leading to questions on whether House-Senate talks had produced something that President Donald Trump would sign into law.

“While the President was giving a great speech in El Paso, Congress was putting together a bad deal on immigration,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

“This conference agreement is hardly a serious attempt to secure our border or stop the [More]

As red ink grows, GOP goes almost silent on federal deficit

  • 5:00 am Sunday, February 10th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

With the yearly deficit creeping closer to $1 trillion in 2019, President Donald Trump did not mention the growing federal budget deficit in his State of the Union Address this past week, yet another indication of the Republican evolution on an issue which had galvanized the GOP politically for much of the last thirty years, but now has almost completely disappeared from the Republican agenda on Capitol Hill – and at the White House.

“Finally, it’s unfortunate but not surprising that the president didn’t mention the massive national debt,” said Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), one of the few GOP voices left [More]

Text of President Trump’s State of the Union Address

  • 9:13 pm Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

Vowing to break “decades of political stalemate,” President Donald Trump told Congress and the nation on Tuesday night that despite bitter political standoffs during his administration – including a five week partial government shutdown which blocked paychecks last month 800,000 federal workers – he’s ready to pursue legislative accomplishments which are not defined by party.

“The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican Agenda or a Democrat Agenda. It is the agenda of the American People,” the President told a Joint Session of Congress on Capitol Hill.

Hours after reportedly ridiculing Democratic leaders in a lunch with network [More]

My own State of the Union – still looking for voice answers

  • 9:55 am Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

As we await tonight’s State of the Union Address, it’s a good time to address my own personal State of the Union – as I still get a lot of questions from listeners and readers about whether my voice is making any comeback – almost three years after it mysteriously went haywire, knocking me off the radio.

Looking back in my story files, three years ago today, I was on the campaign trail in New Hampshire covering an event for then-candidate Donald Trump, as he tried to bounce back from a second place finish in Iowa just a few days before.

At [More]

Senate sets votes Thursday on rival plans to end partial shutdown

  • 4:00 am Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

With no evidence that President Donald Trump’s weekend speech on immigration and a border wall had changed the dynamic in Congress related to a partial government shutdown, Senate leaders set a pair of votes on competing plans from Democrats and Republicans for Thursday afternoon, the first time Senate Republicans have allowed votes to end the shutdown since before Christmas.

“The President’s made a comprehensive and bipartisan offer,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “It’s a strong proposal, it’s the only thing on the table.”

“It was not a good faith proposal. It was not intended to end the shutdown,” said [More]

U.S. Supreme Court to consider possible appeal in mystery grand jury case

  • 9:49 am Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to allow an unknown foreign company – owned by an unknown foreign government – to ask the justices to hear a legal challenge to a still-secret federal grand jury subpoena, which could be related to the Special Counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, as the High Court released new information about the case and its appeal, indicating the unidentified country is a ‘witness’ in this mystery investigation.

In two simple orders issued by the Justices this morning, the Supreme Court allowed the mystery foreign company to submit documents which would not [More]

GOP unveils 1,301 page plan to end partial government shutdown

  • 9:59 pm Monday, January 21st, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

Two days after President Donald Trump unveiled his compromise plans to provide funding for his border wall in exchange for halting deportations for about 1 million people in the U.S. illegally under a pair of immigration programs, Senate Republicans on Monday night fleshed out the details as they released a 1,301 page bill which would also fully fund the government and end a partial government shutdown which has stretched for a month.

“For the good of the country, I encourage my Democratic colleagues to either join us in passing this legislation or come to the negotiating table with constructive [More]

In escalating shutdown fight, Trump cancels plane for Pelosi overseas trip

  • 2:31 pm Thursday, January 17th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

A day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that President Donald Trump delay his State of the Union Address because of unresolved issues surrounding a partial government shutdown, the President retaliated by scrapping plans by the Speaker to use a military jet to take a group of lawmakers on an overseas trip to NATO Headquarters in Belgium, and then to see U.S. troops Afghanistan, as Mr. Trump said it would be better for Pelosi to stay in the U.S. and negotiate a deal on a border wall.

“In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure [More]

Democrats offer plan to raise federal minimum wage to $15 per hour

  • 3:00 am Thursday, January 17th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

With the federal minimum wage of $7.25 cents an hour unchanged for ten years, Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a plan in Congress to more than double that pay rate over a six year period, arguing it’s past time for lawmakers to make it easier for working Americans to earn enough money to support their families.

“President Trump isn’t going to stick up for American workers – we Democrats will,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer said to cheers at a U.S. Capitol news conference.

“No person working full-time in America should be living in poverty,” said Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), who will lead [More]