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Miscellaneous Congress: From Catty Whacks to Pimientos to Surfboard Camera Mounts and Hair-Slides

  • 11:26 am Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

My father taught me a great lesson many years ago about the Congress, to always be on the lookout for bills that were labeled “technical corrections” or “miscellaneous,” because there was a good chance you might find something interesting – if you took the time to dig into the bill.

So, when the “Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018,” popped up on the House schedule for this week, and was approved Tuesday on a unanimous vote, I had to take a look.

My curiosity was quickly rewarded, as the second section of the bill was about tariff schedule changes for “Frozen, Boiled [More]

DACA deal on sidelines as GOP floats new short term funding plan to avoid shutdown

  • 11:09 pm Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Waving off a push by Democrats to force action this week on a compromise over the future of illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” Republicans in Congress said they wanted to wait for further negotiations on DACA, as House GOP leaders unveiled a short term funding plan that would keep the federal government running into mid-February, but that measure faced resistance from some more conservative Republicans.

“There is no reason why Congress should hold government funding hostage over the issues of illegal immigration,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said a resolution on DACA could wait until February or March.

But even without DACA [More]

Senators spar over Trump’s words while trying to save DACA negotiations

  • 1:05 pm Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Still battling over what President Donald Trump did – or didn’t – say during a tense White House immigration meeting last week with lawmakers, Senators used a hearing with the Homeland Security Secretary on Tuesday to publicly appeal for compromise on DACA and a series of politically difficult immigration issues, as one Republican urged the President to “close this deal.”

“This has turned into a S-show,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), as Graham blamed aides at the White House “who have an irrational view on immigration” for the current impasse.

“If the President is watching, I’m still in the phone book,” Graham [More]

Congress faces tricky political week as shutdown fight looms

  • 9:10 pm Monday, January 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With a temporary funding plan for Uncle Sam set to run out Friday night, there was no clear path forward as yet for Congress and the White House, as the President and Democrats remained on a collision course over efforts to secure a deal on spending levels for the 2018 federal budget, as well as an agreement on the status of certain illegal immigrants brought here as children, raising the possibility of a government shutdown at the end of the week.

After arriving back at the White House on Monday night, President Donald Trump re-tweeted four of his own Twitter posts [More]

Four days from shutdown deadline, no deals in sight on budget or DACA

  • 10:12 am Monday, January 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump on Monday once again charged that Democrats in Congress were trying to force a government shutdown later this week by refusing to negotiate an acceptable budget deal for the military, and by not budging on what to do with hundreds of thousands of younger illegal immigrants in the U.S. under the Obama Administration’s DACA program, as that issue continued to be a flash point for the two parties.

“Honestly, I don’t think the Democrats want to make a deal,” the President tweeted on Monday.

“They talk about DACA, but they don’t want to help.”

Government funding runs out Friday night [More]

Trump blasts Democrats over immigration as feds resume DACA renewals

  • 8:49 am Sunday, January 14th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With a federal court order from last week temporarily blocking President Donald Trump’s move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the immigration agency in charge of that effort announced that it would again accept applications to renew DACA requests, as President Trump chided Democrats on Sunday over the political impasse on the issue.

“Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA,” the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on Saturday.

“Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA [More]

Hawaiian officials demand answers after false alarm of missile attack

  • 2:11 pm Saturday, January 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The state of Hawaii was jolted Saturday morning by a warning of an imminent incoming missile attack, which was sent to cell phones, and local television and radio stations, as it took almost 40 minutes for officials to confirm that it was a false alarm.

“What happened today was totally inexcusable,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) “The whole state was terrified.”

On television stations in Hawaii, the warning said the “U.S. Pacific Command has detected a missile threat,” and people were urged to take immediate shelter.

Governor David Ige of Hawaii told reporters that it was a mistake during a shift change for [More]

Five reasons why $1 trillion deficits may not be far away for Uncle Sam

  • 5:00 am Saturday, January 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

It wasn’t that long ago that Republicans denounced four consecutive yearly deficits of over $1 trillion during the Obama Administration, but now that the GOP is fully in charge of the White House and Congress, it’s possible the deficit may be heading back into the territory of that very large figure.

The federal deficit in 2017 was $666 billion; the Congressional Budget Office estimates it will be $699 billion in 2018, and after the first three months of the fiscal year, the deficit is running higher than a year ago at this time.

Let’s look at some of the reasons why the [More]

Trump faces more criticism from Congress over remarks on immigration

  • 3:30 pm Friday, January 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after lawmakers said President Donald Trump had used vulgar language during a White House meeting to question why the United States accepted immigrants from Africa and the island of Haiti, Democrats in Congress denounced what they said was hateful rhetoric by the President, while two GOP Senators who were at the meeting said they couldn’t recall exactly what was said by Mr. Trump.

One of those who was present, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), told reporters that the President “said things which were hate-filled, vile, and racist.”

“To no one’s surprise, the President started tweeting this morning, denying he used those [More]

Trump calls DACA deal by group of Senators a “big step backwards”

  • 7:22 am Friday, January 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Throwing cold water on a bipartisan immigration agreement hatched by a group of six Senators, President Donald Trump on Friday again said that any immigration deal aimed at helping illegal immigrant “Dreamers” must do more to stop people from trying to illegally enter the United States in the future.

“The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators was a big step backwards,” the President tweeted early on Friday.

Mr. Trump again made clear that he wants a plan which has substantial resources to build a wall along the Mexican border, ends what is known as [More]