- 3:37 pm Thursday, February 7th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
A group of more liberal Democrats in Congress unveiled a plan Thursday to dramatically shape the debate over climate change in the United States, calling for action to make the nation carbon-neutral in ten years, as supporters set out a broad series of climate goals, without going deeply into any specifics or the financial costs of such a plan.
“This is one of the most urgent moral issues and crises that we have in American right now,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who told a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol that climate change represents ‘one of the biggest existential threats’ [More]
- 1:25 pm Thursday, February 7th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
On the heels of a narrow re-election victory last November, and with the likelihood of a very strong challenge from Democrats in 2020, Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA) announced Thursday that he would retire from Congress after his current term expires, after serving five terms in the U.S. House.
“You know, when you have a close election like I did, you start thinking,” Woodall told me in the House Speaker’s Lobby, soon after his announcement. “A decade service is a lot of time, and I’m just proud of what I’ve gotten done in that time.”
“I have realized over this past year [More]
- 10:58 am Thursday, February 7th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
When President Donald Trump used his State of the Union Address this week to again call for action on a major infrastructure plan in Congress, he once more received bipartisan support for his call to action, but Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill face a problem which has stymied action by lawmakers for years – where to get the money for billions and billions in spending for roads, bridges, ports, and airports.
“The number one critical thing we need,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), “is additional funding,” as DeFazio noted that federal gasoline taxes – used exclusively to fund new road [More]
- 1:06 pm Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
The morning after President Donald Trump used the State of the Union Address to call for an end to what he labeled ‘partisan investigations’ of his administration, the House Intelligence Committee voted to send transcripts of a number of interviews done by lawmakers in the last Congress to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as the new Democratic chairman of the panel publicly set out a five point investigative plan which was focused squarely on the President himself.
“I am committed to leading a thorough and impartial investigation that will follow the facts,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), as Democrats have argued for [More]
- 11:58 am Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
The morning after the State of the Union Address, instead of responding to the speech by President Donald Trump to a Joint Session of Congress, Democrats in the House launched an array of hearings on their own legislative agenda, pressing for action on gun violence, climate change, ethics reforms, health care, and the impact of the recent partial government shutdown.
“Today we turn the page from climate change denial to climate action,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), as he kicked off the first hearings in eight years in the House on global warming issues.
“There is no ‘planet B,’” said Rep. Haley [More]
- 9:13 pm Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
Vowing to break “decades of political stalemate,” President Donald Trump told Congress and the nation on Tuesday night that despite bitter political standoffs during his administration – including a five week partial government shutdown which blocked paychecks last month 800,000 federal workers – he’s ready to pursue legislative accomplishments which are not defined by party.
“The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican Agenda or a Democrat Agenda. It is the agenda of the American People,” the President told a Joint Session of Congress on Capitol Hill.
Hours after reportedly ridiculing Democratic leaders in a lunch with network [More]
- 12:36 pm Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
A day after the U.S. Senate went on the record with a bipartisan rebuke of President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw U.S. military forces from both Syria and Afghanistan, the top military commander for the Mideast acknowledged to members of a Senate committee that the President’s announcement in December of a pullout from Syria had come as a surprise.
“You weren’t consulted before that decision was announced,” asked Sen. Angus King (I-ME).
“I was not consulted,” said General Joseph Votel, the head of the military’s Central Command, which is responsible for military action in Syria.
“I was not aware of the specific announcement,” [More]
- 9:55 am Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
As we await tonight’s State of the Union Address, it’s a good time to address my own personal State of the Union – as I still get a lot of questions from listeners and readers about whether my voice is making any comeback – almost three years after it mysteriously went haywire, knocking me off the radio.
Looking back in my story files, three years ago today, I was on the campaign trail in New Hampshire covering an event for then-candidate Donald Trump, as he tried to bounce back from a second place finish in Iowa just a few days before.
- 7:13 pm Monday, February 4th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
Delayed by a week due to the partisan wrangling over a 35 day partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump goes before Congress and the nation on Tuesday night to deliver his second State of the Union Address, a speech which White House officials say will again focus on bipartisanship in the U.S. House and Senate, a message the President delivered in 2018 as well.
“Together we can break decades of political stalemate, we can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions and unlock extraordinary promise of America’s future,” officials said the President would tell the nation, [More]
- 3:00 am Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
As President Donald Trump left Washington, D.C. on Friday night for a weekend at his Florida retreat, the President again made clear his displeasure with the pace of negotiations in Congress on funding for border security, as Mr. Trump indicated to reporters he is ready to declare a national emergency in order to access money to build a wall along portions of the Mexican border.
“We will be looking at a national emergency, because I don’t think anything is going to happen,” President Trump said of talk to fund the Department of Homeland Security.
“We’re getting nowhere with the Democrats,” Mr. Trump [More]