- 9:17 pm Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
Even as President Donald Trump publicly grumbled on Tuesday about the details of a border funding agreement worked out by House-Senate negotiators, some of his supporters in Congress were convinced that the President would sign that bill into law, and then swiftly move to use executive powers to funnel other money into construction of a border wall, all but assuring a legal fight over such a unilateral move.
“I’ve heard a variety of different numbers,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), a key House ally of President Trump, as the head of the House Freedom Caucus said he expected the President to [More]
- 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]
- 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]
- 3:21 pm Monday, February 11th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
Amid building criticism in both parties over her statements on Israel, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) publicly apologized on Monday for a series of tweets which Jewish lawmakers had said wrongly given voice to anti-Semitic Jewish tropes, as the newly-elected Muslim Democrat from Minnesota said she never intended any harm.
“I unequivocally apologize,” Omar said.
“My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole,” Omar tweeted, an hour after Democratic leaders in the House delivered a stern public rebuke.
“Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive,” Pelosi and other top Democrats [More]
- 1:18 pm Monday, February 11th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
With a growing debate on social media and in political circles about the impact of the GOP tax cuts as Americans file their taxes for 2018, the Treasury Department on Monday disputed reports that the tax cutting plan had failed to deliver tax savings, amid stories of a drop in the size of tax refunds early in the tax filing season.
“News reports on reduction in IRS filings & refunds are misleading,” the Treasury Department tweeted, though that was followed up with a recommendation for all taxpayers to make sure their tax withholding is being done correctly on their paychecks.
“Go to [More]
- 4:00 am Monday, February 11th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
As President Donald Trump takes his call for funding for a border wall to the border city of El Paso, Texas on Monday evening, House-Senate negotiators are struggling to finalize a 2019 funding deal on border security and the operations of the Department of Homeland Security, raising the possibility of another partial government shutdown at the end of this week if no agreement can be reached.
“The Border Committee Democrats are behaving, all of a sudden, irrationally,” the President said in one of a flurry of tweets aimed at Democrats on the border security talks and funding for the wall on [More]
- 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]
- 10:56 am Friday, February 8th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
With just days left in his service as the Acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker flatly told the House Judiciary Committee on Friday that he had not meddled or inserted himself into the Special Counsel investigation of Russia interference in the 2016 elections, and had not funneled any type of information about that probe to President Donald Trump.
“I have not interfered in any way with the Special Counsel’s investigation,” said Whitaker, who was installed at the Justice Department when President Trump pushed out former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, angry over how Sessions had dealt with the Russia investigation.
“I have not talked [More]
- 3:37 pm Thursday, February 7th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
A group of more liberal Democrats in Congress unveiled a plan Thursday to dramatically shape the debate over climate change in the United States, calling for action to make the nation carbon-neutral in ten years, as supporters set out a broad series of climate goals, without going deeply into any specifics or the financial costs of such a plan.
“This is one of the most urgent moral issues and crises that we have in American right now,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who told a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol that climate change represents ‘one of the biggest existential threats’ [More]
- 1:26 pm Thursday, February 7th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
On the heels of a narrow re-election victory last November, and with the likelihood of a very strong challenge from Democrats in 2020, Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA) announced Thursday that he would retire from Congress after his current term expires, after serving five terms in the U.S. House.
“I have realized over this past year of change—both in politics and in my family—that the time has come for me to pass the baton and move to the next chapter,” the 48 year old Woodall said in a statement issued by his campaign.
Woodall had quietly given indications of [More]