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Senate Republicans unveil DACA/Dreamers plan with nearly $100 billion immigration price tag

  • 7:18 am Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Pressing Democrats to accept an immigration plan along the lines of one endorsed by President Donald Trump, GOP Senators unveiled the details of their plan to address the future of illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” a 592 page, nearly $100 billion measure that focuses mainly on new efforts at border security, limits on family migration, and an end to the Diversity Visa Lottery program.

The new GOP plan includes $25 billion for a “Border Security Enforcement Fund,” $18 billion for ‘tactical infrastructure’ improvements by the Border Patrol, and $50 billion in foreign aid described as “financial assistance for foreign country [More]

Reading between the lines – Senate panel raises eyebrows on Russia investigation

  • 9:48 pm Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded a public hearing on Tuesday with top intelligence officials, the main headline was a warning for lawmakers that Russia was planning influence operations in 2018 to again stir trouble in the upcoming mid-terms elections in the United States.

But then, panel chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) gave his final remarks to end the hearing, sending a series of messages along the way, as he signaled that his panel would have a lot more to say about Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

“What was unsaid today is that the Special Counsel is not the only investigation [More]

Intelligence officials warn again that Russia will interfere in 2018, 2020 U.S. elections

  • 12:35 pm Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Against the backdrop of an ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and any possible ties to the Trump Campaign, top U.S. intelligence officials joined Tuesday on Capitol Hill to once more warn lawmakers that Moscow will try to again stir trouble with the 2018 and 2020 elections.

“Any elections that are coming up, we need to assume there might be interference with that, particularly from the Russians,” said Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence.

“There should be no doubt that Russia perceives that its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 U.S. [More]

GOP, Trump press for fast action on immigration plan as Senate starts work on DACA, Dreamers

  • 7:19 am Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As the Senate voted 97-1 on Monday to move past the first procedural hurdle in the way of an immigration debate on the Senate floor, Republican Senators made clear they were not interested in a lengthy debate on DACA, as they pressed Democrats to simply accept a plan offered by President Donald Trump on illegal immigrant Dreamers, arguing no other measure would get through the U.S. House and garner the President’s support.

“The President’s framework is not an opening bid in negotiations, it is a best and final offer,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), as a group of GOP Senators – [More]

Trump 2019 budget proposal makes no headway on a balanced budget

  • 5:32 pm Monday, February 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump on Monday sent Congress a $4.4 trillion budget proposal for 2019 which all but waves the white flag on efforts to hold down on federal deficits, as the White House is predicting that the deficit will hover just below $1 trillion in four of the next five years, estimating that Mr. Trump would see over $7 trillion added to the debt if he served two terms in office.

“In Washington, empty rhetoric about fiscal responsibility is about to be swept aside by the reality of trillion-dollar deficits,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who last week lectured his colleagues [More]

Trump sends $4.4 trillion budget to Congress featuring high yearly deficits

  • 11:52 am Monday, February 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Moving away from Republican Party orthodoxy on fiscal matters, President Donald Trump on Monday sent Congress a budget plan for 2019 that makes little headway on reducing the federal deficit in coming years, as estimates from Mr. Trump’s own plan show the yearly deficit running close to $1 trillion in four of the next six years.

Numbers from the fine print of the Trump budget show deficits over $900 billion in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The White House estimate for the budget deficit in the current 2018 fiscal year is $832 billion.

These figures do not take into account the two-year budget [More]

Senate ready to start wide open immigration debate on DACA, Dreamers

  • 8:59 pm Sunday, February 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With lawmakers in both parties unable to reach an agreement in negotiations in recent weeks on how best to deal with illegal immigrant “Dreamers” who were brought to the United States by their parents, the U.S. Senate on Monday is set to begin a freewheeling debate which could produce a compromise on DACA, Dreamers, and border security, or the effort could also run aground in the continuing political hailstorm on Capitol Hill that surrounds the issue of illegal immigration.

“It is time for Congress to act, and to protect Americans,” the President declared in his weekly address on Saturday, as he [More]

Trump fires back at Democrats over rejected Russia probe memo

  • 10:31 am Saturday, February 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after the White House told House Democrats to edit an intelligence memo about the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 elections in order to remove sensitive intelligence materials, President Donald Trump accused Democrats of adding in too much classified information on purpose, as Republicans said the President’s critics were simply playing political games over the Russia investigation.

“The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted,” the President wrote in a Saturday morning message on Twitter.

Mr. Trump’s decision on Friday to [More]

President Trump refuses to release Democratic memo on Russia probe

  • 8:33 pm Friday, February 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A week after giving the green light to a memo written by Republicans in Congress which raised questions about the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, President Donald Trump on Friday refused to release a rebuttal memo from Democrats, raising questions about details in the document.

“Although the President is inclined to declassify the February 5th memorandum, because the Memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is unable to do so at this time,” wrote White House Counsel Donald McGahn.

“The hypocrisy is on full display,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “What does the President [More]

With early morning votes, Congress ends overnight government shutdown

  • 5:30 am Friday, February 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

While most of America was asleep, the federal government suffered its second shutdown in less than a month, as one Republican Senator prevented action in Congress to avoid a budget lapse at midnight, forcing the House and Senate to work through the night to restore funding, ensuring that government offices would be open on Friday.

“This is the dumbest shutdown ever,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI).

“It’s been an awful long night, and it didn’t need to be,” said Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), as the House ended the shutdown just after 5:30 am, voting 240-186 to approve a two-year budget deal. [More]

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