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No easy road to a deal in Congress on DACA, Dreamers, and immigration

  • 4:00 am Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The White House on Tuesday staked out a hard line on immigration negotiations in the Congress, as lawmakers in both parties tried to sort out how best to reach an agreement by February 8 to deal with nearly 700,000 thousand illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, under the Obama Administration’s DACA program.

“I’d like to leave no doubt as to where the President stands on the Flake-Graham-Durbin agreement on immigration reform,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, referring to a bipartisan DACA plan worked out by six Senators last week.

“In short, it is totally [More]

Trump says new tariffs will spur jobs, won’t spark a trade war

  • 2:20 pm Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After months of tough talk about defending U.S. businesses against cheap imported goods, President Donald Trump on Tuesday officially signed off on new tariffs on imports of certain washing machines and solar power equipment, following through on his campaign vows to make trade work better for American companies.

“Our companies will not be taken advantage of anymore,” the President told reporters at the White House, repeating a common theme from his campaign for the White House.

In a signing ceremony in the Oval Office, the President officially accepted a recommendation from the U.S. International Trade Commission, which investigated specific trade complaints about [More]

Going through FBI texts, Republicans discover five missing months

  • 4:30 am Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Already raising questions about possible investigatory bias inside the FBI, Republicans in Congress are now demanding more answers about how five months of text messages between two senior FBI employees on the Hillary Clinton email probe, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, were not archived and properly retained by the bureau.

“The loss of records from this period is concerning because it is apparent from other records that Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page communicated frequently about the investigation,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) in a letter to the FBI Director.

The FBI says the texts weren’t kept because of a misconfiguration of software [More]

Congress ends government shutdown, as Senate agrees to immigration debate

  • 6:11 pm Monday, January 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Ending a three day stalemate that resulted in a federal government shutdown, Democrats on Monday dropped their filibuster of a temporary spending bill in the Senate, allowing the Congress to swiftly approve a resumption of government funding, which will put hundreds of thousands of federal workers back on the job immediately.

“I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses,” President Donald Trump said in a written statement issued by the White House, as Republicans said Democrats had folded under pressure.

The Senate voted 81-18 to re-open the government. The House followed soon after, voting 266-150 in favor [More]

Senate moves to end shutdown as Democrats accept DACA debate offer

  • 12:34 pm Monday, January 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Bringing a government shutdown to a close after three days, the Senate approved a bill to fund the operations of the federal government into February, as Democrats dropped their filibuster, accepting an assurance from Republicans that there would be an upcoming full Senate debate on immigration issues involving illegal immigrants who were brought to this country at a young age by their parents.

“I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses,” President Donald Trump said in a written statement issued by the White House, as Republicans said the shutdown was a big political mistake by Democrats.

The Senate [More]

Still no end to shutdown, as Senate delays next funding vote until Monday

  • 9:43 pm Sunday, January 21st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Lawmakers in Congress on Sunday failed to reach a deal on plan to fund the federal government, meaning the work week will being with furloughs for hundreds of thousands of federal workers across the nation, but there was a hint of progress as a Senate vote on a temporary funding measure was delayed until noon on Monday, with Republican leaders offering a plan which would guarantee a Senate debate on immigration matters in February, in hopes that Democrats would then help to fund the government in the meantime.

“Let’s step back from the brink,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on [More]

Congress back at work on Sunday, still searching for deal to end shutdown

  • 12:32 am Sunday, January 21st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With no signs of any deal to restore funding for the federal government, lawmakers on Capitol Hill will be back for a rare Sunday session, with no real signs of an agreement to end the first government shutdown since 2013, as both parties continued to point the finger of blame at each other.

The main stumbling block continues to be immigration, and what to do about hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant Dreamers in the United States, who were protected under the Obama Administration’s DACA program, which was ended by the Trump Administration in October.

Republicans made clear – there is [More]

Congress at work on a Saturday as lawmakers try to end shutdown quickly

  • 10:18 am Saturday, January 20th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Hours after funding lapsed for the federal government at midnight, lawmakers returned to work for an unusual Saturday session of the House and Senate, as both parties quickly launched themselves into finger pointing over who is to blame for the first government shutdown since 2013, with few signs that a deal was near on the major spending and immigration issues that brought about the standoff.

“Get it together,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi bluntly said to Republicans in a morning speech on the House floor, as she led a chorus from her party in blaming the President for the budgetary impasse.

“The [More]

Congress slides into a government shutdown, as Democrats derail temporary budget in Senate

  • 12:16 am Saturday, January 20th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a high stakes game of legislative chicken, the U.S. Senate on Friday night blocked a House-passed bill to fund operations of the federal government for the next four weeks, as most Democrats joined with a handful of Republicans to filibuster the spending measure, demanding faster action on immigration matters, driving the Congress toward the first federal government shutdown since 2013.

The vote was 50 to 49 – 60 votes were needed.

“It’s irresponsible,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “The government may be shutting down, but the Senate is not,” as he vowed to keep voting and pursuing a spending [More]

Revised Trump travel and refugee order to go before U.S. Supreme Court

  • 2:15 pm Friday, January 19th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday announced that it would hear argument on the third version of President Donald Trump’s travel and refugee plan, which would limit visits to the United States by people from certain Muslim-majority nations, and slow down the number of refugees accepted into the country.

Arguments will take place in April, with a ruling expected by the end of June, instantly making this into one of the more important cases of the High Court’s term.

“We look forward to the Court’s review of this important case,” said lawyer Neal Katyal, who has represented the state of Hawaii in [More]