- 7:56 am Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
The surprise move by the Trump Administration on Tuesday to reverse plans for new offshore oil and gas drilling off the coast of Florida quickly spurred multiple calls by officials in other states for the same exemption, as Democrats said the move reeked of a political favor for Republican Governor Rick Scott in the Sunshine State.
“Florida should not be given special status because the President is friends with Governor Scott,” said Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), as coastal state lawmakers of both parties from the East Coast turned up the volume on their opposition the new plan to open up oil [More]
- 1:56 pm Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
In a rare view inside a White House meeting between President Donald Trump and lawmakers of both parties in Congress, television cameras rolled for almost an hour as the President urged each side to do all they can to find agreement on how to deal with illegal immigrant “Dreamers” along with tougher border security measures, as Mr. Trump even called on the House and Senate to consider a second phase of legislative action on comprehensive immigration reform.
“If we do this properly – DACA – we’re not that far away from comprehensive immigration reform,” the President said at one point. [More]
- 4:00 am Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
With little progress to show from negotiations in Congress on the future fate of illegal immigrant “Dreamers” in the United States, President Donald Trump will meet at the White House with lawmakers of both parties on Tuesday, as he continues to say the Congress must approve billions of dollars to build a wall along the Mexican border, and approve significant immigration enforcement actions in exchange for any Dreamers deal.
“We are going to end chain migration. We are going to end the lottery system. And we are going to build the wall,” the President said to cheers at a [More]
- 4:00 am Monday, January 8th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
In his first foray into the arena of agricultural policy, President Donald Trump goes to Tennessee on Monday to address a convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation, as the White House says Mr. Trump will outline ideas on how best to spur new economic growth in rural areas of the United States, which have not shared in recent job gains.
“While other sectors of the American economy have largely recovered from the Great Recession, rural America has lagged in almost every indicator,” says a new report from the Trump Administration.
“The administration recognizes that those challenges exist, and is committed to [More]
- 8:30 am Sunday, January 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Ten months before the November mid-term elections in Congress, it’s already assured that the U.S. House will see a double digit change in membership for the new Congress which begins in January 2019 – that would be the seventh straight election cycle for such turnover, as the 2018 mid-terms will bring yet another infusion of new blood to the U.S. Capitol.
This past week, three members of the House and one Senator – all Republicans – decided against re-election bids in 2018. Three of them decided to retire from politics; one will run for Governor.
“Every good fighter knows when to hang [More]
- 12:27 pm Saturday, January 6th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Wrapping up two days of meetings with GOP Congressional leaders at Camp David, President Donald Trump on Saturday vowed to push forward with plans to spend billions of dollars on a wall along the Mexican border, saying if Democrats want a deal to shield hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant “Dreamers” from deportation, then money for the wall must also be agreed to by the Congress.
“We want the wall,” the President said, flanked by Republican leaders in the Congress.
“The wall is going to happen, or we’re not going to have DACA,” Mr. Trump added, referring to the program started by [More]
- 8:33 pm Friday, January 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
The Trump Administration on Friday urged Congress to approve a series of immigration enforcement measures, along with $18 billion to build a wall along the Mexican border, as part of any agreement with Democrats to shield illegal immigrant “Dreamers” from being deported in the future, a move that Democrats said could derail talks on the DACA program.
“I am appalled by this report that President Trump wants to waste $18 billion of taxpayer money on an ill-considered border wall,” said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA).
The White House plans were sent Friday to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who promptly released the details to [More]
- 12:50 pm Friday, January 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Two weeks after the Senate returned 100 nominations made by President Trump to various positions in the federal government, the White House on Friday again nominated 21 of those choices, including two judicial picks from Georgia, officially re-starting the nomination process for six appeals court judges and fifteen federal district judges, but leaving out three more controversial nominees who had run into Senate opposition in recent months.
Selected again were two judges from the Georgia Court of Appeals, Judge Elizabeth “Lisa” Branch, who was nominated for a spot on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and Judge William Ray II, who [More]
- 11:18 pm Thursday, January 4th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Top Republicans in the Congress head with President Donald Trump to Camp David on Friday for two days of meetings about the GOP agenda for this year, as the White House looks to build on legislative momentum from approval of a sweeping package of tax cuts at the end of 2017, and turn that into positive results in the House and Senate this year – as well as at the ballot box for the 2018 elections.
“Look, the President was elected because of his ambitious agenda and his desire to get a lot of things done,” White House Press Secretary Sarah [More]
- 9:37 am Thursday, January 4th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
The Trump Administration on Thursday announced that guests and staff will no longer be allowed to carry personal cell phones in to the West Wing of the White House, as officials cited security concerns for the change in policy.
“The security and integrity of the technology systems at the White House is a top priority for the Trump administration,” said Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a written statement sent to reporters.
Sanders said the change starts next week.
“Staff will be able to conduct business on their government-issued devices and continue working hard on behalf of the American people,” Sanders added.