- 10:28 am Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday thrust itself into the midst of a political battle over immigration, as the Justices agreed to hear arguments on the constitutionality of President Obama’s plan to allow 4-5 million people now living illegally in the United States, to gain a legal status.
Without comment, the Court agreed to hear a legal challenge from 26 states – spearheaded by Texas – that has put the President’s plan on hold for almost a year.
“In deciding to hear this case, the Supreme Court recognizes the importance of the separation of powers,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in [More]
- 4:42 pm Monday, December 7th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
In the aftermath of recent high profile terrorist attacks, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday called for a “complete and total ban” against Muslims entering the United States.
In a statement sent to reporters, Trump said the U.S. cannot “be the victims of horrendous attacks.”
Here is his full statement as issued to reporters:
Trump draws fire from other Republicans
It didn’t take long for GOP candidates – and many others – to reject Trump’s call for Muslims to be denied entry into the U.S.
Democrats also joined in condemning Trump.
“This is reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive,” said Hillary Clinton of Trump’s call to stop [More]
- 12:55 am Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
From Simi Valley, California –
As fifteen Republican candidates for President gather here at the Ronald Reagan Library, the big strategy question for GOP hopefuls is simple – what is the best approach to crack the grip that Donald Trump has had on the race for the Republican nomination.
In this debate, eleven Republicans will be on the main stage, as Carly Fiorina jumped from the lower tier forum; many think she will lead the charge against Trump.
“I think Donald Trump is an entertainer,” Fiorina told reporters over the weekend. “And I think I am a leader.”
But Fiorina also told reporters [More]
- 4:35 pm Thursday, September 10th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
After months of at times bitter debate, Democrats in the U.S. Senate used a filibuster on Thursday to block a Republican plan to derail the Iran nuclear agreement. It was a major setback for Congressional Republicans, as it cleared the way for a major foreign policy victory for President Obama.
“This vote is a victory for diplomacy, for American national security, and for the safety and security of the world,” President Obama said in a written statement issued by the White House.
“I am appalled that Senate Democrats are choosing to keep the people of the United States in the dark [More]
- 7:53 am Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Now that Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) has filed a resolution which could ultimately lead to the ouster of Speaker John Boehner, it’s not clear just how swiftly the issue will be dealt with – or whether there will ever be a vote on it in the U.S. House.
A number of different scenarios are possible for the Meadows resolution:
1. Meadows could go right to the House floor
Since the “motion to vacate the chair” is highly privileged, Meadows could seek recognition on the House floor immediately and force the issue.
The last time the House voted on such a motion was [More]
- 11:00 am Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) revealed today that he is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, but told reporters in his Capitol Hill office that his prognosis is good, and that he still plans to run for re-election in 2016.
“Two and a half years ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s,” Isakson said on Wednesday morning. “I told my kids about a month ago, I told my senior staff about a month ago.”
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) telling Jamie Dupree (left) and other reporters about his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease
Isakson’s office released a statement from his neurologist, Dr. Thomas M. Holmes, who made the [More]
- 9:55 am Thursday, May 14th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
In the wake of an internal report on a March incident involving two senior Secret Service agents, senior lawmakers in both parties say the details show the need for major internal reforms to change what they labeled a “dysfunctional environment.”
“Having reviewed the IG’s report, we continue to believe a major cultural overhaul is essential to restoring the Secret Service to its former stature,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in a joint statement.
- 7:19 am Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
After Democrats used their last day in charge of the Senate to approve a final batch of judicial nominees offered by President Obama and watching a few more pieces of legislation run aground, Senators wrapped up the work of the 113th Congress, with many wondering what’s next when Republicans control both the House and Senate.
“The Senate stands adjourned until Tuesday January 6, 2015,” said Sen. Angus King (I-ME) to a nearly empty Senate chamber just before midnight; King, who is allied with Democrats, will be in the minority when the 114th Congress convenes that day.
Earlier, the Senate had approved a [More]
- 10:50 am Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
Taking flak from members of both political parties, MIT professor Jonathan Gruber apologized for what he said were “insensitive” remarks about how the Congress approved the Obama health law, though he joined Democrats in defending the health changes fostered by the reforms.
“I would like to begin by apologizing sincerely for the offending comments that I made,” Gruber said in his opening statement to the House Oversight Committee.
“In some cases I made uninformed and glib comments about the political process behind health care reform,” he added.
Gruber wasn’t skewered only by Republicans for his remarks, as the top Democrat on the [More]
- 8:19 pm Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
Even though his party took a drubbing on Election Day, President Obama has moved aggressively in recent weeks to push his own agenda, capping it with last week’s roll out of executive actions on immigration reform, the first of many battles with a Republican Congress over next year’s legislative agenda.
“Pass a bill,” the President said repeatedly at an event in Las Vegas on Friday, as some in the crowd heckled Mr. Obama over the lack of action in the Congress act on immigration reform legislation.
The President has also made clear he wants Congress to move on plans to raise the [More]